June Stop Hate 2000 Newsletter
and clinicians alike have actually repathologized homosexuality by
portraying gay teenagers as exceptionally vulnerable individuals living
Rich Savin-Williams. The
New Gay Teenager.
Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Univ. Press, 2005.
holidays are very popular in the gay community, Halloween and Pride.
Pride is a much more important holiday within queer culture.
queer Saskatchewan magazine, Perceptions,
contains an interesting article “Happy Pride,” by Kelly Ries. In the
article, the point is made that “pride . . . impacts on the Queer
community unlike other holidays do on other groups.” Kelly Ries makes
an interesting point. Pride celebrations have a unique and powerful
impact on gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and trans-identified
celebrations trace their history to one of the defining moments in
queer American history. Members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and
trans-identified community fought back against the police when they
raided the Stonewall gay bar. The spontaneous protest against routine
police harassment turned into a riot. The riots continued for several
nights. The Stonewall protests became one of the first times highly
publicized times the queer community physically fought the police.
up for oneself feels empowering and affirming. According to a Wikipedia
article, Sylvia Rivera, a drag queen who was at Stonewall, remembers,
‘You’ve been treating us like shit all these years? Uh-uh. Now it’s our
turn! . . . It was one of the greatest moments of my life.’ The results
of the Stonewall protests appear to have been electric. Within about a
two year period of time, Wikipedia
reports there were gay rights groups in every major American city.
the queer community, Pride became a both a celebration and a symbol of
the kind of deep self-respect that refuses to be abused, put down,
discriminated against, and used as a doormat. Pride parades, more than
probably anything else in the gay community, is a celebration of
standing up for yourself, a celebration of one’s personal worth.
has less emotional baggage than other traditional North American
holidays. Christmas can cause a lot of guilt. People fly across the
country, or drive for days to be with family for very short period of
time. Many queer-identified people strain to be polite to people who
inflict pain on gay and bisexual people during the holidays. Same-sex
couples might be told they cannot be a couple during the holidays. A
life partner might not be welcome at home. When life partners are
welcome, they might not be allowed to sleep in the same bedroom,
because family might not want to be seen to be condoning same-sex
relations. Hours are spent looking for the perfect gift for friends and
loved-ones. There are expectations of a perfect Thanksgiving or
Christmas dinner. When those expectations are not met, profound
disappointment can result.
of the year, and much of their lives many gays, lesbians, and bisexuals
are not able to be open. The risk of prejudice, rejection,
discrimination, verbal harassment, or physical abuse keeps many members
of the queer community from being open to everybody in their lives.
Pride is a time when there is no need to hide. For a few minutes during
the Parade, sexual minority members feel they are in the majority. They
feel surrounded by queer or queer-affirming straight people. Those
adventurous souls who take part in the parade hear applause. The
applause is part of a celebration of who they are. And that is
empowering to all generations of GLBT people.
rarely apologize for mistakes they’ve made and for unjust policies. In
an article appearing on The
explains that the United States Government apologized to Dr. Frank
Kameny for firing him from his job because he was gay. The apology came
52 years after Kameny was fired. After Frank Kameny was fired, he lead
gay rights marches, demanding employment rights for gay people. The
text of the letter of apology written to Dr. Kameny can be read on The
mayor of Moscow appears to be very homophobic. An article on the British
web site, states Yury Luzhkov has called homosexuality satanic and says
he will never allow gay rights parades in Moscow.
Moscow, there are complaints the police have brutally put down attempts
to have Pride celebrations. Gay rights protesters have been arrested.
International representatives of the gay community have been detained
by the police for speaking to the media at gay protests. An Associated
video shows footage of the police arresting people at a pride rally.
The BBC article “Arrests
at Russian gay protests”
states two West European MPs were among those arrested by the police.
Anti-gay protesters are reported as having thrown eggs, and kicked and
punched those in the gay rights group.
von Brunn, an 88 year old man was charged with the murder of a security
guard at the Holocaust Memorial Museum. An Associated Press article on
internet web site describes von Brunn as a white supremacist. According
to a CNN
article, the murder suspect had a notebook that contained anti-Semitic
and anti-Black beliefs. The CNN article indicates the notebook claims
the holocaust “is a lie,” that “Obama was created by Jews,” and that
“Obama does what Jew owners tell him to do.” Evidently, the notebook
claims Jewish people control American money and media. A New
article states the FBI is pursuing civil rights and hate crimes charges
against James von Brunn. The Associated Press/Baltimore Sun article
says decades earlier von Brunn tried to kidnap members of the Federal
is a serious issue in the United States. Taxation, without
representation, helped spark the war for independence. Gay couples pay
more tax than straight couples. In some areas of the United States,
gays are protesting unfair tax policies. According to Andy Birkey’s
Stage Tea Parties to Protest Actual Unfair Tax Policies”
same-sex couples are not eligible for Social Security survivor
benefits, deferred estate tax on inherited property, and the ability to
file taxes jointly. Birkey notes that same-gender partners have to pay
tax on a partner’s health-care benefits. Evidently, a queer partner’s
health health-care benefits are considered to be income. “Taxation
of Domestic Partner Benefits,”
an article on the Human Rights Campaign web site, gives additional
information. According to that article, health-care benefits for legal
opposite-sex spouse and his or her children, are not taxed as income.
Gay couples are treated very differently. Health-care benefits for
their partners and their partner’s children are taxed. A study cited in
the article states gay couples with health-care benefits paid an
average of $1,069 a year more than straight couples with health-care
benefits. The HRC article points out another tax burden that is only
carried by gay couples. Same-sex couples are not able to use pre-tax
income to pay for a partner’s health-care coverage. That means gay
couples do not get the same benefit from Health Savings Accounts, or
Health Reimbursement Accounts. The policy also places a higher burden
on employers that provide health-care benefits for same-sex couples.
The article indicates some couples pay thousands of dollars more
federal income tax due to discriminatory tax laws. We gather gay
couples could pay as much as 50% more federal taxes than straight
tend to take crimes against gay people less seriously. Some American
politicians are deeply homophobic. Legislators are reluctant to extend
legal protections and legal benefits to gay, lesbian, and bisexual
citizens. American gay couples pay more tax than straight couples. When
one combines of these facts, one can easily see that gay American
couples are victims of taxation without representation.
children are born with genitals that are not typical for males or
females. In some cases, children are born with some male and some
genitals. People with such atypical genitals are intersexed. An article
on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation web site, “The
discusses two opinions as to what should be done when intersex children
are born. Some physicians advocate the parents deciding which gender
the child should be and for surgery to be performed as soon as
possible. Vincent Guillot, founder of an international intersex
organization, feels gender assignment surgeries conducted on intersex
children are ‘mulilation.’ The CBC
web site features a video about intersexual people.
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