A long overdue return!

First, let me start by saying thank you. Thank you to all of the followers of Second Class Citizens and to all of the gay rights advocates, supporters and allies. You are all incredible for what you do for the community and your interest and concern regarding gay rights is immensely important and appreciated. You are the reason I began this blog, and you are the reason I hope to restart and rebuild this place where you and other supporters of equality can come to share news and stories, and where LGBT youth can come to read about others like themselves and know they are not alone.

I recently was contacted by a young man in high school that reads the blog and he wanted to share his story of finding himself and his fear of coming out to his friends and family for fear of what they may do to him. His story is like many other across this country that look to the Internet, to blogs and social media and other outlets to find that they re not alone, that others share similar experiences and care about them for who they are. It is the many stories like this that inspire me to take the time to post for Second Class Citizens.

It’s been more than 18 months since my last post and I deeply regret allowing myself to become too busy and preoccupied with other matters in life to keep up with such an important thing that I had worked to create. I apologize to you, my readers, for the absence and hope you will continue to support me as you have in the past.

With that said, I plan to post much more regularly and am asking for your support in this endeavor. If you would like to assist with the blog, whether it be writing posts or sharing your story or just sharing interesting and relevant news or articles, please reach out on Twitter, Facebook or send an email to concernedsecondclasscitizen@gmail.com. I would be more than happy to hear from you!

Thank you for your continued support and welcome back to Second Class Citizens blog by A Concerned Citizen!


Sorry for the Delay…

As life would have it from time to time, the past couple months were incredibly busy. In fact, I am just now getting caught up on what has been happening in the world, much less in gay news!

That being said, do not worry…I am back! Stay tuned for more content and news from here on out.

Also, Second Class Citizens is always looking for guest bloggers to write guest posts for the blog. If you are interested in writing a post on any LGBT topic, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you all for reading!

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).

Update: ANONYMOUS Hackers Take Down Westboro Baptist Website on Live TV

After an alleged threat from ANONYMOUS that turned out to a hoax that Westboro had planted to gain media attention, Shirley Phelps-Roper and an ANONYMOUS member went on The David Pakman Show to discuss the ordeal. After some religious babble of fire and brimstone, ANONYMOUS posted a message to the Westboro website as a response and proof they could cause damage to the site if they actually chose to take on the church. The website is currently down, but a cached image of the site is available from Google.

The ANONYMOUS message explains the group is too busy with operations in Libya, Bahrain, and Iran to waste its time with Westboro:

If you’re reading this, it means ANONYMOUS has lost its patience with you, likely because you’ve threatened us again after we denied you a war…Take this defacement as a simple warning: go away. The world (including ANONYMOUS) disagrees with your hateful messages but you have the right to voice them. This does not mean you can jump onto ANONYMOUS for attention.

House of Representatives Pushing Stand Alone DADT Repeal Bill

The House passed the defense authorization bill 234 to 194 in May, which would have ended DADT. However, that did not pass the Senate last week. Thus, this stand alone measure is the last attempt to push repeal in this session of Congress.

The House has more than enough votes, but the Senate will be a battle. And let’s not forget John McCain, the maverick busting his hump to keep gay soldiers in the closet.

This is well overdue…

I know this is well overdue, but I have been busy with life and all of the responsibilities that come along with trying to get an education (and hopefully a job). I apologize for disappearing and failing to keep you up to speed on the issues.

That being said, I have decided to make time to keep up with this blog (I promise I’ll do my best) because this is a critical time in our country’s history and a critical time for gay rights. Today’s election decides the fate of our country for the next couple of years, so I hope you got out to vote today. Our country depends on us.

In case you missed it, a lot has been going on from Prop 8 to DADT and ENDA. I will try to recap some of what has happened as time goes on just in case you haven’t been keeping up.

I look forward to blogging and discussing issues with all of you in the future, and I hope you are excited because SECOND CLASS CITIZENS is back and we aren’t taking no for an answer anymore! (You hear that Mr. Obama?)


A Concerned Citizen