Gay Youth and Society…It Gets Better


There is an inherent flaw in our society, one that we must live and battle with no matter who we may be.

We live in a categorical society, one which deems it necessary to assign a label to everything. Black or white, liberal or conservative, gay or straight, and on and on. There is little room for shades of grey, and many get entrenched in one side or the other, preaching the correctness of their side and missing the subtle nuances that are entirely true for both sides of the dividing line.

But what happens as a result of these labels and predefined bins we must all accept as our definition of self within society? Terrible things if our label happens to be one other than the ‘norm’ (the norm that society has chosen and promotes). Let’s just stick with the gay label. If you are gay, you are going against the societal norm and must constantly fight against oppression, misunderstanding, and pressure to question your lifestyle and ability to love. And for what? Am I any less capable of loving? Am I any less of a person? NO! Of course not.

So why do we let society fight against us? Why do we struggle incessantly for acceptance and to be allowed just to be ourselves? Why?

So many promising lives have been cut short due to discrimination, lack of self worth, and HATE. And for what? Because they were different? Is that worth ostracization to the point of compulsion to take one’s own life?

I hope one day we can look back at this civil rights movement and be glad we no longer have to lobby society for our right to be us. I hope one day we can realize the hopes of the It Gets Better Project and we can tell the youth that once upon a time some people thought gays did not deserve full equality.

But until that day, I will continue to call, write, lobby, and advocate. I do it not just for myself, but for all of the young people unfortunate enough to be growing up in an area of the world that homophobia reins. I do it to let them know that it is okay to be gay and it really will get better. There are people out there who love you for who you are and you will find those people. In time, it will get better and the world wants you to be around to see it. We need you around to witness the tides of history shift.

If you ever doubt….if you ever find yourself thinking it would be easier to give up than to fight, reach out to someone and listen when they tell you…It gets better, society will one day shed the labels used to subjugate and hate.

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Representative Steve Simon Defends Justice, Fairness, Wholeness, and Compassion


Minnesota House Representative Steve Simon discusses how much of sexuality is nature v. nurtue. He offers that sexuality is a gift from God, and asks how many gays must God create before we accept that He wants them around…

Top NY Executives Lobbying for Same-Sex Marriage


A group of New York business moguls released a letter lobbying state legislators to legalize same-sex marriage. They argue the decision is not only fair, it makes good business sense.

The group includes the CEOs of Goldma Sachs, Thompson Reuters, Con Edison, and 23 other firms.

The letter is titled, “An open letter from business leaders on the importance of marriage equality” and argues that not allowing same-sex couples to marry affects the state’s ability to attract qualified workers.

As New Yorkers and business leaders, we believe that attracting talent is key to our state’s economic future,” the letter reads. “We strongly urge New York State to enact marriage equality legislation to help maintain our competitive advantage in attracting the best and brightest people the world has to offer.

Other notable signers include Jes Staley (CEO of JP Morgan’s Investment Bank), John J. Mack (executive chairman of the board of Morgan Stanley), and Daniel L. Doctoroff (president of Bloomberg).

Prop 8 back on the Ballot – What Do You Think?


Equality California is considering putting a repeal of Proposition 8 on the 2012 ballot in California.

What do you think? Is this a good idea? What would be the likely outcome? Comment below!

If you feel strongly about your conviction, feel free to take Equality California’s Prop 8 survey.

Texas State Budget Bill Forces Colleges to Spend Equally on LGBT and ‘Traditional Values’


Rep. Wayne Christian proposed the amendment

An amendment to the Texas state budget bill just passed the Texas House that requires that if public universities wish to spend taxpayer dollars on projects like LGBT resource centers, they must spend the same amount on promoting “traditional and family values.”

The amendment passed the state House 110-24 (Republicans outnumber Democrats in the Texas House 2:1).

But what exactly does “traditional and family values” mean? Well, that could be our loophole to sneak around this ridiculous proposal. In my family, it is traditional to value your friends, neighbors, and strangers as equal members of society. Thus, an LGBT resource center would be the “traditional and family values” I like to call inclusion and acceptance.

Virginia’s Governor May Kill Gay Adoption Proposal


Virginia’s Republican governor, Robert McDonnell has two weeks left to decide if he will let regulations go through that would allow gay adoptions in the state.

As it stands, married heterosexual couples and single people are able to adopt in Virginia. The new regulations (developed by former Democratic governor Mark Warner) would allow adoption by unmarried straight and gay couples that go through state-licensed private and church-run agencies.

Governor McDonnell, do yourself, Virginia, the GOP, and the nation a favor: let the regulations go through. A child deserves a loving home. Ask any child trapped within the foster care system…I’m sure they would not mind being adopted by a gay couple, as long as they were loved.

If you live in Virginia, call McDonnell and urge him to allow these regulations to go through. Virginia children and gay couples deserve each other. Everyone deserves a loving family.