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Kill the Gays Bill in Uganda
Newly released diplomatic cables have confirmed that the wife of the President of Uganda, Janet Musceveni, is behind the AHB. For those of you who are unfamiliar with AHB it stands for the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, also known as the 'kill the gays' bill. Current legislation in Uganda criminalizes 'carnal knowledge against the order of nature'. While it does not specifically call out homosexuality, that is what it is being used for. The AHB takes this current legislation to a whole new realm of insanity. It will not only allow the criminal punishment of homosexuality by imprisonment and death, it will also allow for the arrest and prosecution of anyone who does not report someone they know to be homosexual.
Anti-gay sentiment has significantly increased since the introduction of the AHB. The LGBT community has been the target of attacks and even murder, which includes the death of gay activist David Kato back in January of this year. Many reports blame his death and the introduction of the AHB on American Christian Evangelicals that visit Uganda and hold workshops preaching that 'the gay movement is an evil institution intended to defeat marriage based society'. So, not only must the religious right of the United States spread their hatred and fear here in our own country they must do it in other countries more homophobic than our own.
Bullying in Schools
This has got to stop. I read an article today that centers around a school district in Minnesota which is right in the heart of Michelle Bachmann's district. You all know how I feel about this woman and her beliefs, but it has gone too far. The Minnesota Family Council and other christian conservative groups are not allowing the bullying to be stopped. This district has had 8 suicides in the last 2 years and four of those are said to have been questioning their sexuality. District policy dictates that the staff shall remain neutral on issues of homosexuality. Leaving staff to ignore, diminish, or even dismiss, or even blame the victim in some cases of abusive behavior.
One student who has not commented on his sexuality, was verbally abused daily because he is perceived as gay by other students. He was even urinated on by another student. When he was threatened in the locker room while changing for gym, school officials made him change in a principal's office rather than stop the ones who were torturing the poor kid.
This is beyond despicable, while parents associated with the family council weren't available for comment an interesting quote was taken from their website. Their Web site says that depression among gay teenagers is often the fault of gay rights advocates who create hopelessness: “When a child has been deliberately misinformed about the causes of homosexuality and told that homosexual acts are normal and natural, all hope for recovery is taken away.”
This really chaps my hide to no end. I had planned to blog about some other news, but after these two items I am so beyond disgusted, I don't have anything else to say. Well I do, but it would not be wise or very pleasant to read. Please feel free to share this information, while homophobia and stupidity are not going away anytime soon, I still believe that education is one of our greatest tools.
Like I said last week, fighting for marriage equality is all well and good, but the LGBTQ community has bigger problems and if you don't see that by reading about these two articles, than we really do have a problem. You have to look past your own backyard.
This is a copy and paste of my latest blog. Thought I would share it over here as well.
I don't know if that is the right title for this blog, hell I don't even know if what I am about to say will make sense. I know what I am thinking, I just hope that I can relay it in a way that it is clear and understandable.
As most of you know, I am a lesbian, at least that is the label that I claim and how I live my life. I do not attempt to hide who or what I am, I live my life openly and I really don't care if you approve of my lifestyle or not. Who I love or how I love them is really none of your business, however our society seems to think otherwise. That is kind of the point I want to make. I am not an activist, while I do voice my opinions on LGBT issues, I am not out fighting any battles.
Here in the US we are currently fighting for marriage equality, which is a noble battle, and a right I feel that we should have. I want to be able to marry my partner and to adopt her daughter as my own, but is it really that important? Most of you are probably saying yes, it is, but I am going to disagree. Our getting married is not the end all be all of the world. We still live together, we have the freedom to be together in public. While it may not be easy and we still have to put up with hate, our lives are not otherwise restricted.
Think about it for a minute, we could live in a country where it is illegal and punishable by death to be openly queer. There are still countries that allow 'curative rape' of lesbians, where families will allow their daughters to be gang raped by men in order to cure them of something that can't be cured. This sickens me to no end and I do not comprehend how people can treat their fellow human beings like this.
As a country we have a long way to go, but we have made great strides in the last thirty years. Yes there is still hate and bigotry, but there always will be. We as a community do not have equal rights under the law, but we at least have the freedom to live our lives. True it may not be without fear, but at least we know that we have protection under the law from certain atrocities. Think about that and remember it is not a 'gay' rights issue, it's a human rights issue.
For the straight people who read my blog, it's not about wanting special rights, it's about a group of citizens that want and deserve to have the same rights that you have, nothing more, nothing less.
For my LGBT family and friends, you need to remember that it could be worse. So, the next time you want to bitch about your freedom and equality, stop and think about how lucky you actually are, especially if you are one that can not hide who you are. Change will come, but it will come at it's own time. In the mean time, enjoy the freedom you do have.
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He just graduated from Hollins University, majoring in English/Creative Writing and Classical Studies with a concentration in Latin Language.
Life - Gender
My name is Jenna. I absolutely love the French language and was fortunate enough to find Lezbelib at a time when they needed someone to translate articles into French. I think a growing global awareness of the GLBT community is very important and I feel like I can be a part of that through Lezbelib.
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There's nothing more frustrating than when people base my sexuality off of the gender of my partner. My sexuality is independent of any particular individual and it should be respected as such. With that being said, my partner is a straight man, and identifies as being trans. I've known and loved him before he figured out this part of himself. It was a big thing for him to be able to tell me that he was going to begin transitioning. As his girlfriend, it wasn't a big thing because I was going to be there for him no matter what but, as a lesbian, I was confused and displaced because "I'm a lesbian, I don't date men"....I went back and forth with the idea of being with him, as a man. But eventually I realized that my love for him and our relationship is way more significant than my general "dislike" for men.
Now, as he becomes more comfortable with his male self, people criticize me for being with a man and identifying as a lesbian. They say I should call myself "bi-sexual" but I'm not "bi-sexual" I'm a lesbian. Or they say I should call myself straight but I'm not straight. I'm just me. The more I've thought about it for myself, I become more aware of the fact that I don't HAVE to be anything. If I could have only learned one thing from this love, it would be that labels are merely words, and they only mean what you allow them to mean. At this point in time, I don't call myself a lesbian, although it's what I know myself as; as long as I know what I am, it's ok. And to the world, I just want to be seen as a girl in love...nothing less and nothing more. Because when it boils down to it, that's what we all want. We just want to be looked at as a person in love...just plain 'ol beautiful love.