Civil Rights for Everyone

26 Sep

As I said in my prior blog “LGBT – What’s the issue?” here is the second post about LGBT issues and rights. For a more detailed report on how I see the issue, you can read my column, “Humans don’t fit in boxes,” on Wingspan online or in the March 2013 issue.

College makes steps into right direction

Toward the end of the last fall semester an instructor brought to our attention the struggle a student faced while attending LCCC. This student is transgender and the “issue” at hand was which bathrooms she may be allowed to use. The issue went through several entities at the college and ended up in the office of Disability Support Services. I am sorry but since when is being transgender a disability? It was clear that sooner than later we would write about her experience, the experience of other people around campus and around town and LGBT issues at large. So we did! You can read everything from the March 2013 special section, “The State of Equality in the Equality State,” online and in print.

If you would like to show your support within the college for the LGBT community, you can join Across All Lines and the new Gay-Straight Alliance club.

Equality State takes baby steps toward 21st century

During the past session of the Wyoming legislature several bills have been brought forward to give the LGBT community more rights within this state. House Bill 168 “Domestic partnership – rights and responsibilities” has failed in the House.

House Bill 169 “Marriage Definition” essential changing the language from “a man and a woman” to “two natural persons” within it, also failed in the House.

Senate File 131 “Discrimination” would have made it against the law to discriminate a person because of their sexual orientation or gender identity; it failed as well.

While this might seem like a defeat across the board, the senators and representatives we talked to saw it as a tiny step in the right direction. These bills at least have been considered in the respective entities and will be reintroduced in the upcoming legislature session.

President Barack Obama paves way for acceptance, equal rights for all

Whether you like the man or not, he has done a lot to take this country toward equal rights for everyone.

In December 2010 he signed the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Finally my LGBT friends in the military don’t have to hide who they love. Yes, full acceptance and benefits for LGBT spouses in the military branches is still in the making, but it was an important first step.
President Obama brought up LGBT rights in his 2013 Inaugural Speech and his “State of the Union” in February.

The biggest victory, for LGBT rights on the national level, was when the president took steps to declare parts of “The Defense of Marriage Act” as unconstitutional.
Once again he set a precedent, not all states followed but nine states my friends in the LGBT community now can marry the person they have loved all along.

Next: Faith, Christianity and LGBT

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