In response to my City Council’s denial of my request to enact anti-discrimination policies for members of the LBGT community, I read the following poem during public comment this evening at the regular meeting…
I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.
I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.
I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.
We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.
Children are taught today that racism is a thing of the past. A disease which we have overcome and destroyed. Something that was rampant throughout much of history, and with the courageous leaders during the Civil Rights Movement, it was ended. However, shown in several polls is the opinion that racism is still very much a problem in the United States. In a CNN article, a poll showed that “Most Americans see lingering racism”. In a New York Times Blog, The Caucus, a poll showed that Americans today believe racism is a bigger problem than sexism.
I have been getting tired of listening to people who preach about liberty and freedom and then turn around and advocate a ban on gay marriage and denying LBGT individuals equal rights so i made this video:
Despite the mostly positive response I received from members of Lock Haven City Council the last time I presented the idea of enacting a non-discrimination ordinance as well as policy changes for city employees to protect members of the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender community with the same protections afforded to others based on religion, race, and gender; Monday night, at the regular public meeting, the Mayor told me in no uncertain terms that they did not wish to move forward on the matter. I was told that I was welcome to go to the state and lobby them for the changes if I desired.
Again I have come across an advertisement that I believe relays a message that it’s creators did not intend. A few weeks back my fiance and I went to see the movie 30 Minutes or Less, one of the pre-movie ads was a Coca-Cola commercial depicting two soldiers, of different nations, defending their respective sides of a border crossing.
A common encounter I have had at Tea Parties and similar events has been with those who share a distaste for our current President and his policies. However, I have had with startling frequency a number of these discussions turn toward the subject of our President’s religious beliefs purporting that he is a Muslim. I have brushed off enough of these interactions to the point that it has become a common occurrence in spite of the fact that Obama has stated many times that he is a Christian and has attended Christian churches in the past.