View Full Version : Are we really a burden to politicians?
11-02-2005, 09:23 AM
a lesbian woman sends an email to her state representative requesting support for LGBT issues, and receives an aide's advice to the representative. it's not favorable. the aide hit "reply" instead of "forward" :rolleyes:
finally was able to confirm this story in another source http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/13048726.htm
11-02-2005, 11:40 AM
Well, here in Kentucky, the number of politicians that are GLBT friendly is pitifully low. All together, our six U.S. Representatives and two Senators earned a mere 11 out of 800 possible points on the 2004 HRC scorecard. And an anti-marriage amendment passed here with 75% of the vote. We do, however, have one openly gay senator in the Kentucky senate! And another community leader who just came out is looking to run for mayor of Lexington, where I live.
One of the reasons I am passionate about Soulforce is that all along Soulforce has said that the root of GLBT oppression is this bad religion that seeks to make a heterosexual orientation morally and socially superior. When what should rightly be called out as individual prejudice is instead protected behind the phrase "personal religious belief."
It seems groups that have been working for GLBT equality mostly on the political front are really starting to see this as well.
11-02-2005, 10:09 PM
It's disheartening to have it confirmed, but not surprising that these sorts of things go on. Some local activists recently had a lobby visit (I forget if it was at the state legislature, or with reps in DC) and the staffer who met with them refused to shake hands, because she was afraid to touch them! She made a show of trying to sit as far away from them as physically possible, prompting one of our lobbyists to say, "It isn't catching."
11-05-2005, 01:53 AM
Yeah, its sad how homophobic and un-Christian some people can be...
At my first job (a library), when I came out, people were horrible, and some of my so-called "friends" there treated me like a disease. Luckily, I quit 2 months later, and found a better job.
Discrimination at any level is wrong, but we must all be strong, and not let hate destroy us. Like Dr. King said, "we must fight hate with aggressive love."
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