Tag Archives: LGBT

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.

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LGBT – What’s the issue?

26 Sep

The biggest difference I could see coming here from Germany, is the cultural and mindset difference. I grew up with a bisexual uncle. I never thought there was anything wrong with him.   He is my uncle and I love him no matter who he loves. In our family character, giving back, how you treat others and spirituality are more important. I did not grow up to think there is something wrong with my uncle because he is bisexual. I never thought it was wrong or “catchy” or anything else. In a way that is sort of curious considering that most of my family is Roman Catholic.

German culture is more accepting

Berlin Love Parade 2013
In Germany we have the Berlin Love Parade, which is in Berlin but there are smaller ones all over the country. The parade started as the celebration of the reunion of Germany. It developed over the years into dance/music festival. Over the years it has become more and more free spirited. The most important part for this blog, it shows the alliance between straight and gay.

Crossing the ocean, culture shock

America is forward thinking in many ways, a trendsetter in some ways. When it comes to the acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender in many places it still seems to be stuck in a different time. A country that has taking the fight for independence and Civil Rights to the street, and won, it still needs to progress in acceptance. Seeing how “these people” were treated kind of shocked me.

Change is great, change is needed

I am glade to see the change going through America. It is time to wake up. A country made out of immigrants and different people from all the world, it is time to embrace your differences. Embrace the fact that you are all now Americans, the rest should not matter. In the upcoming post, you will read about the change that has come about American and the world. I hope it will inspire you to start the change within yourself. Hopefully I can get you to say: “What’s the issue?” Not because LGBT rights isn’t an issue but because you don’t see “these people” as any different from yourself.