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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Maryland’s Gay Marriage Bill Dies Without a Final Vote


After passing the Maryland Senate and the governor’s promise to sign the bill into law, the state’s gay marriage bill died Friday without getting a final vote in the House.

The House did not believe it had the 71 votes needed to pass the measure, and sent it back to committee without a final vote. They have vowed to bring the bill back for a vote next year.

A sad say for supporters of equality. Maryland residents remain second class citizens for at least another year.

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