Tuesday, February 24, 2009

30 years later

I encourage everyone to read this article by Dustin Lance Black as he reflects on Harvey Milk, 30 years later.
"Somewhere in Des Moines or San Antonio, there is a young gay person who all of a sudden realizes that she or he is gay. Knows that if the parents find out they’ll be tossed out of the house. The classmates will taunt the child and the Anita Bryants and John Briggs are doing their bit on TV, and that child has several options: staying in the closet, suicide. . . and then one day that child might open up the paper and it says, “homosexual elected in San Francisco,” and there are two new options. One option is to go to California. . . OR stay in San Antonio and fight. You’ve got to elect gay people so that that young child and the thousands upon thousands like that child know that there’s hope for a better world. There’s hope for a better tomorrow."
Harvey Milk in a speech delivered on June 9, 1978
All of us here in the queerosphere should be concerned about equality - even for those of us who are living by LDS church standards and not engaged in gay relationships. The fight for equality doesn't just apply for those who are sexually active. Equality should not be based on who we may or may not be sharing our bedroom with.
  • You will be considered inferior and damaged - for simply being a homosexual
  • There are states where it is still legal to fire someone - for simply being a homosexual
  • you can be kicked out of the military - for simply being a homosexual
  • You can be refused the opportunity to serve in the boy scouts and other organizations - for simply being a homosexual
  • Many people will look on you with suspicion - for simply being a homosexual
  • Your family may be shamed and/or pitied - for simply having a homosexual

2 comments:

Philip said...

After reading your post am feeling wistful.

Here goes...

My dream is that one day the status quo is that when a boy or girl realizes they are gay that they affirm their sexuality instead of hiding in the closet for years.

My dream is that one day gay people will be as cluesless about the closet as straight people are.

My dream is that one day an openly gay man or woman will be elected President (say in 40 years).

Regards,
Philip

Evan said...

On a similar note, I will never understand how so many Mormons claim not to be intolerant of homosexuality, yet Utah as a whole comes off extremely intolerant after denying basic common sense rights to gays and lesbians.