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01 October 2006 @ 01:32 pm
I read this article in our sister community itscalledpride. I haev been stressing every point this article makes since i first came out. I wish everyone would take the mindset layed out in this article.

Here goes...
This is the op-ed piece that I wrote for the September 2006 edition of my college's student paper: The Scepter. Feel free to share it.


ARE HOMOSEXUALS SECOND
CLASS CITIZENS IN AMERICA?


By Alan J. Kleipass


Over the summer, there was a blood donor drive on campus where anyone could get free Mets tickets in exchange for their blood. It would have been nice to contribute, but I’m gay, and the American Red Cross’ blood donor rules clearly state that if you “are a male who has had sexual contact with another male, even once, since 1977” you cannot donate blood.


If you are heterosexual, you cannot have had sex with a prostitute within the last twelve months to be accepted as a donor, and you probably don’t need to wait at all if it was just sex with your latest girlfriend.

Whenever I walk past the military recruiters, I cannot help but wonder what it would have been like to follow in my father’s footsteps and serve in the Navy.

The U.S.S. Intrepid, now on display on the west side of Manhattan, was the ship he served on as an airman. But, alas, when you are gay you cannot serve openly in the military… unless you live in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Israel, The Netherlands, Lithuania, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Demark, Estonia, the Czech Republic, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Austria, France, or Spain – just to name a few.

Someday I would like to find that special (male) someone and buy into the American dream of getting married and living happily ever after in a house with 2.5 kids and a white picket fence.

A bronze bald eagle atop a patriotic flagpole for the front yard is not the bird President George W. Bush is flipping me in response to that notion.

No, what he and a vocal segment of society is offering is not the American dream. In their vision of America there is no such thing as equal rights for all.

They hope to permanently deny marriage to same-sex couples, strip away rights and benefits they already have, and essentially reduce the GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning) community to what amounts to second-class citizenship.

Many would credit or blame the Religious Right for this. I do not. Yes, religion and religious groups do play a part in it, but I think that we all do, too.

If, because we say that it does not affect us, we sit silently by and allow a small but vocal segment of society to cajole, threaten, or dictate that the government codify discrimination and bigotry into our laws, and into the Constitution itself, then who else do we have to blame but ourselves?

If, whether or not I will be affected by any law was ever the proper litmus test for political action then how many minority groups would have rights today? Would women have the right to vote? Would the black civil rights movement have succeeded, or would Jim Crow be the law of the land – or slavery, for that matter?

You need only look around you on campus to see the truth in the old cliché that America is the great melting pot.

Kingsborough is an integrated campus but we have not lost our identities in the process, nor has this brought us to grief, for we have a respect, if not a total acceptance, for each other’s differences.

There are those who would say that this is not the real world, and I would agree… but wouldn’t it be nice if it were? The future is ours to help sculpt. What shall we do with it?

Should we draw a line and say that the people on this side are entitled to equal rights and the people on that side are not? If homosexuality is a choice, then do we equate it to the choice of what to have for lunch, or the choice of what religion (if any at all) one practices?

Will we send our government the message that it is acceptable by modern society to discriminate because of who someone loves, or profile travelers because of where in the world their family once-upon-a-time came from, or censor and penalize them because their views are not in subservient alignment with official government position?

Shall we send them the message that, as long as it doesn’t raise our taxes or otherwise negatively affect the “US,” then they are free to do as they will [to the “THEM”], or do we demand that the government adhere to the Jeffersonian ideal that we are all equal in the eyes of the law.

Should we remind them that there should never be such a thing as second-class citizenship in the United States of America?
 
 
 
Current Location: Henderson, Nevada
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: Finding Nemo
 
 
Well, I have an official departure date and time. I am leaving a week from this tuesday(the 19th) at around 11:15am and I should arriving in Las Vegas around 7:25pm(9:25 central time). As you can imagine I am very excited about this. I can rest easier now knowing that I have an actualy itinerary. Wish me luck
TOODLES
 
 
Current Location: Owensboro, ky
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Bette Midler: I Look Good
 
 
18 August 2006 @ 11:50 pm
Okay, this is kind of a plug for my new school, the University of Washington. I'm so psyched. They have a program for freshman where you have about 20 people you have every class with. Otherwise, you have literally about a thousand people you have one class each with. These are freshman interest groups, or FIGs.

Okay, but the reason I'm posting it here is the FIG I'm in is designed for GLBT people and friends. How cool is that? Is there a better way for me to get to know the gay community on campus? I'm so excited. It's not that academically challenging, but I need to work on my writing skills and just in general acclimate myself before I start calc and Honors chem and stuff life that.

If any of you are high schoolers who plan on going to college, you should totally come up here to the Northwest with me!

Anyway, class starts at the end of September, I'll let you all know in early October how my wonderful new group is going!

Stuff from the school websiteCollapse )
 
 
11 August 2006 @ 01:01 am
So, just to keep everyone informed. With my recent break up from my boyfriend I will pry be neglecting this site a bit since i do not have a fast connection and means to get on a lot. I will still be tweaking with it as much as possible, but i just wanted to warn those who may wonder later if i had died.
~Andrew
Head Moderator.
 
 
Current Location: owensboro, ky
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Bette Midler
 
 
03 August 2006 @ 06:29 pm
OMG  
So ihad heard of this website called www.godhatesfags.com , but never went to view it before. Then the other day someone made a comment on something they had seen on one of our sister communities. I finnaly got the courage to check the site out. OMG, i now realize why i have stayed away from it for so long. That site isn't even a legitimate site of anti-gay propaganda. This was just a bunch of misconstrood bible quoates and hatespeech. For the record, God hates no one. He may be disapointed and what no, but the Christian god that theses people supposedly are tring to champion hates no one. They even had branches off from the site dedicated to why god hates Canada and Sweden. I was listening to an audio from some preacher and i couldn't even make it 5 mins untll i had to turn it off. I just can't understand how people who preach of a loving compassionte god can talk like that. Stay away from that site. It is not for the faint of heart. Shoot i think of myself as pretty straong willed and minded and it was too much for me.
~Andrew
 
 
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Current Music: Cher:Love on a rooftop
 
 
 
26 July 2006 @ 04:59 pm
Are any of us really suprised?
http://www.kcci.com/entertainment/9577902/detail.html
~Andrew
 
 
25 July 2006 @ 06:12 pm
That due to the fact I am trying to organise my flist and cut back on the amount of back entries I have to read regularly, I will be leaving this community on this journal and re-joining on my other journal, tonys_fgd

Nat

X-posted to a few communities
 
 
25 July 2006 @ 11:42 am
So yeah, according to this quiz I'm butch. XD Sure, I may not look it, but I guess I have the attitude.

Now that I think of it, maybe it's the reason why my mom is always trying to prevent me from getting my hair too short. And I really do want it short, but not because I'll "fit the part", just because it's easier to handle. I also want to go dark, either a dark blue or black. However, everything's so expensive. >.>

What's with all the stereotypes anyway? And the stereotypes with the stereotypes? We are who we are. There has to be a name for EVERYTHING now??
 
 
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
 
 
21 July 2006 @ 04:48 pm
News  
Here are a couple of interesting news articles about gay marriage.

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/13873925/

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/13974287/?GT1=8307
 
 
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20 July 2006 @ 07:26 pm
Are you gay,bi, or normal
Your Result: you are so GAY

ewww... if your a girl you like girls if your a guy you like guys and that is not at all normal so try again and be NORMAL! gays are like girls looking like men so completely WRONG i mean if a girl has boobs show them off! and guys cannot exactly have sex neither can girls Girls do NOT have dicks there is no point!

you are so BI
you are straight
Are you gay,bi, or normal


A 14-year-old homophobe using the Internet and already spreading her ways. Nice. Really nice. </sarcasm>

I don't mind being insulted, but you know, people could say it to my face.
 
 
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