Gay Rights Are Human Rights
December 2, 2010
(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – Gay Rights are Human Rights; make no mistake on that score. Equality for all its promises isn’t always equal and in the pursuit of happiness, a Constitutional Right as well, the state of Illinois can now be added to the more reasonable states that will allow Civil Unions and with the almost certain repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as a country we are inching however slowly toward a day when being gay is just another passing facet of a recognized American life. And because homosexuality is NOT a choice as being Black or White or Asian is not a choice, I would hope that acceptance is closer to reality.
I’m no fool though and I know that some people will never accept the homosexual lifestyle no matter what. I get that. I don’t care. Get over it. Now!
As it is certain that I will once again be accused of being gay or a closeted bisexual (and so what if I am), this is one conversation I never tire of writing about. I have so many people in my life that are gay or bisexual that without them in my life I would bankrupt of so much love and support, and I don’t want to think about that. I love these people and they love me, as do the heterosexuals in my life, by the way. My wife and kids are OK with the many friends I have, that THEY have as well, in our lives that are gay, my sister being one. So what!
I no longer have the patience of listening to people preach to me about the Bible and God and how these sinners will burn in hell, because they won’t. I’m done allowing ignorant segments of society that simply accept a point of view based on nothing substantive. I have never heard a reason that makes sense on any level as to why homosexuality is wrong, not one. And although I am certain after this is posted there are sure to be a few of you that will once again try to convince me of my insanity, I don’t care. Go away; I don’t want to hear it anymore.
Being gay means only this: you are emotionally and physically attracted to someone of the same sex. That’s it folks. End of story. Sound familiar? It should. Heterosexuals feel the same way, what a shocker! So what is there to be offended by? What is there to be concerned about? What is it that fills you with such hatred? I really have never gotten that part of the story, in any way.
For years I did a weekly feature on my syndicated radio show that was dedicated to Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered and Bisexual (GLBT) issues. My audience adapted to this feature and with a few short months it was one of my most popular features on the show and NOT with the GLBT community, but with the rest of my audience. The reason was what I had hoped: people had questions that they felt they couldn’t ask. I gave them that outlet and the anonymity to do that safely. My guest, journalist Deb Price, a lesbian herself, was a large part of the reason the segment worked so well. Her passionate articulation and common sense approach to the issues we talked about were clear-headed and responsible. She was non threatening and intelligent and compassionate as well.
Once we did an on-line poll asking listeners what regular segments they wanted me to keep or add, and which ones they would like to see go away. The GLBT segment was the third most requested keep. I am proud of that by the way.
Perception is changing, slowly, but there is progress. We are many years away from homosexuality being a non issue in this country, but we are at least headed in the right direction. Lasting change takes time and sometimes you have to look really hard to see it, but its there none the less.
For those of you whose personal distaste for “that” lifestyle I realize nothing will persuade you otherwise, and that’s OK, but just as I don’t let that bother me don’t let this issue bother you. Surely common sense dictates that not all of us agree on anything but that doesn’t mean that we still don’t have more in common than not. This is just one of those things we may not have in common. If you don’t elevate it to anything more than that that would be progress too. Try it, you may find you are much happier not fearing something you can’t change anyway.
Tony Trupiano is a former national syndicated progressive radio talk show host, author, and a former candidate for Congress. He is also a nationally recognized media trainer. He can be reached at email@example.com and can read his Blog at http://www.mediatraining.me