Tag Archives: Gay Rights

LGBTQ Vulnerability

Link to article: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/06/13/sarah-mcbride-gay-survivors-helped-launch-me-too-but-rates-lgbt-abuse-largely-overlooked/692094002/

Sexual assault is a form of violence that disproportionately affects women and minority groups. This can be seen from the rates of sexual assault on LGBTQ people. It’s no shock to me that simply coming out increases one’s risk for sexual assault. The article lists and explains the risk factors LGBTQ people experience including greater risk of alcohol and drug use, homelessness, poverty and lack of employment opportunities. It also explains the role myths about LGBTQ people play in the disproportionate rates of violence.

I found this article interesting because we give the #MeToo movement so much credit for allowing victims to share their stories and find support. However, the stories that get the most attention are those of prominent straight white women and a powerful male assaulter. I think the #MeToo movement is shifting in the right direction, but are we doing enough to allow everyone’s story to be heard?

Why is it that despite the staggering statistics on the rates of sexual assaults on minority groups the stories that get the most attention are those of primarily straight white female celebrities?

The Pride Shield

This video was released on May 15th, for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The video begins with audio of several reports of anti-LGBTQ violence from around the world. It serves as a reminder that in various parts of the world LGBTQ people are still the targets of prejudice and violence. The Pride Shield was created to show that if we stand together we can end the violence. It consists of 193 pride flags, one for every country in the world.

I believe the Pride Shield is an interesting concept and effectively symbolizes a solution to ending the violence. Imagine if all 193 countries took a stand against anti-LGBTQ violence, as the flags symbolically do in the video.

Do you believe the Pride Shield could ever be implemented? What cultural obstacles would we face if we tried to unite all 193 countries against anti-LGBTQ violence?

US Supreme Court backs Colorado baker’s gay wedding cake snub

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44361162

 

Personally, I feel that businesses, regardless of the goods or services provided, should be able to make decisions about whom to serve/service based on their own religious beliefs. I think that this couple chose to elevate this issue way beyond what was necessary, if you don’t like a business owner and their beliefs – why do you even want to give them your business? Perhaps I am looking at this situation from too much of a simplified point of view, but I think that it’s as simple as the signs you see on businesses everyday: “No shirt, no shoes, no service.” If business can turn people away because of what they are wearing, why should they not be able to refuse service to someone based on their strongly held religious beliefs?

As this has been a huge topic of discussion lately and I just wanted to see what others thought about it. Do you agree with the ruling? Why or why not?

Obama opposes Marriage Act

“Marriage Act can SUCK IT!!” read the text message I received from a very dear friend of mine. My question mark response was followed by a reference to NPR’s All Things Considered with Michele Norris and Robert Siegel. I quickly shared my friend’s excitement when I read that Obama had declared the defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional. Not to sound pessimistic, but for every step forward, we often witness several setbacks. I’m curious to see what will be done by the republican majority in the House.

Justice Will no Longer Defend Marriage Law by Carrie Johnson

– Guillaume Bagal

New “Gay Anthem”

Hey guys and girls,

Apparently, there’s a song out by Lady Gaga that constitutes a new “gay anthem.”  The song’s called “Born This Way,” and seems to be in support of GLBT issues in a more direct way the”I Am Beautiful” of Christina Aguilera fame.  Most interesting about this to me is that, if I’m not mistaken (those of you who know me are aware that I’m not exactly up on pop culture), Lady Gaga is actually relatively popular in mainstream society, and as such, she might be capable of contributing to the reshaping of the attitudes of a certain sub-population of the country (teens maybe?); it’d be interesting to see if some “on-the-fence” individuals actually look up to this celebrity enough to embrace a more open-minded approach to the LGBT community.  I’m not very optimistic that adamant LGBT opposition will automatically reverse their opinions (regardless of how much they love Lady Gaga!), but maybe such a song serve to establish some ally-ship with the LGBT community.

I mean, I’ve known individuals who did everything in their power to emulate rap stars (everything from clothing and slang right up to political views), maybe Lady Gaga could have a similar effect with regard to facilitating a more accepting public gay image.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4a8QtvOkBQ

Stephen