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!

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For the First Time Ever, Most Americans Back Gay Marriage


A milestone was reached for gay rights last week when a new survey from ABC and the Washington Post announced that more than half of Americans (53% to be exact) say that gay men and women should be allowed to legally marry.

This is the first time the percentage has broken 50% in the nearly 10 years of surveys. In 2004, that number was only 32%, so we have come a long way in gaining mainstream acceptance.

Additionally, majority support for same-sex marriage is no longer exclusive to people in their 20s. 65% of people in their 30s approve of same-sex marriage (up 23% since 2005), and 52% of people in their 40s (up 17%) agree with equal marriage rights.

Unfortunately, these numbers will not make much of a difference for Republicans because the people that are against equality are really against it, and we all know that people who are really against something make a pretty good base of political support. But for all of you Republicans that will continue to discriminate against the LGBT community for your own political gain, being on the wrong side of history is never fun. Just ask the Nazis or the KKK.

Why did Lady Gaga Partner with Target, a Supporter of Anti-Gay Candidates?


When Lady Gaga announced an exclusive partnership with Target for the release of Born This Way, I thought she had sold out her gay fans for the money of corporate America.

Turns out, this partnership could be a positive thing. In an interview with Bilboard magazine, Gaga reveals she was uncomfortable with the Target partnership when it was first discussed, and she met with “the entire executive staff” at the company to clear up her misgivings. She says tell Billboard:

That discussion was one of the most intense conversations I’ve ever had in a business meeting. Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they’ve made in the past … our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those [antigay] groups.

This is interesting. I cannot say I am convinced, but I can say I appreciate Gaga discussing the Target deal somewhat openly for her gay fans. It will be even more interesting to see if Target actually changes its ways, or if this was just another business promise from corporate America. In the end, this very may have been just another business decision rather than a moral one.

President Obama Comments on the Death of Ugandan LGBT Activist


President Obama in response to the murder of David Kato, an LGBT activist in Uganda:

‎LGBT rights are not special rights; they are human rights. My Administration will continue to strongly support human rights and assistance work on behalf of LGBT persons abroad. We do this because we recognize the threat faced by leaders like David Kato, and we share their commitment to advancing freedom, fairness, and equality for all.

Thank you Mr. President!

HRC Urging President Obama to Support Marriage Equality


The Human Rights Campaign is urging President Obama to support marriage equality for all Americans. This comes after the President’s comment in December that his views were “evolving.”

It is time for the President to stand against bigotry and discrimination in our laws and to repeal DOMA. Please take a moment of your time and tell President Obama that you support full marriage equality for all Americans.

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?)

Yours,

A Concerned Citizen

 

“Out in the Silence”: New Documentary Explores Homophobia in Rural America


“Out in the Silence” is a new documentary by two rural Western Pennsylvania residents, Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer, that is meant to shed light on the issue of LGBT rights and homophobia in rural America.

Watch the trailer: