This is an Irish video supporting gay marriage, asking the question "How would you feel if you had to ask 4 million people for the right to marry?" Last week, the Irish legislative branch voted in favor of a new law legalizing Civil Unions and partnership rights for homosexuals in Ireland. THIS IS IRELAND, PEOPLE! THEY DIDN'T LEGALIZE DIVORCE UNTIL 1995! That's right, one of the most conservative countries in the northern hemisphere is on the way to legalizing civil unions before the U.S. That's like Iowa legalizing gay marriage before California. So, I say to America WTF, and Ireland FTW!


Vid Here


So, um, we're not allowed to watch it on LJ, so you'll have to go to youtube, but yeah, awesome vid, and yay Ireland!!!


And just because this is from Golden Girls and a perfect analysis (in my opinion) of the issue.

"Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?" - Ernest Gaines

We would like to know who really believes in gay rights on LiveJournal. There is no bribe of a miracle or anything like that. If you truly believe in gay rights, then repost this and title the post as "Gay Rights". If you don't believe in gay rights, then just ignore this. Thanks.
Issue the first: 
Former N.J. Gov. Tells Oprah of Affair

Recently, former New Jersey govenor James E. McGreevy filmed an appearance for the Oprah show.  Despite Oprah asking the audience to keep this quiet, two anonymous audience members did blab to reporters.  On one hand, I want to bitch-slap this man for going to have an affair with another man while his wife was in childbirth at the hospital.  That's just no okay.  But the part that really got to me was this:

In the interview, the audience members said Winfrey explores McGreevey's lifelong struggle with his sexuality.

McGreevey recounted going to the library as an adolescent to look up the word "homosexual" in a dictionary. When he found it included terms like "perverse" and "psychiatric disorder," the Irish-Catholic said he quickly learned to repress his feelings, audience members said.

The American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from a list of mental disorders in 1973.


It is heartbreaking to see the way that a man was seriously hurt because of the biases of others, and then by extension, his wife and family.    But on the other hand, sometimes it seems like there is still so much for homosexuals to attain.  Stories like this show us how far we've actually come.  



Like millions of other women, I think Brad Pitt is hot (esp. in "Fight Club"... Lordy, those abs!).  But over the last couple years, I'm not that crazy about him.  Yeah, he's cute, but I'm not bonkers over him.  But that is changing right now.  Asked in an Esquire interview about when he'd marry Angelina Jolie, he replied, "Ange and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able."

That just made me so happy!  I showed it to one of the assosciates and she was thought it was really cool.  True, it could be a bid to stem off any marriage rumors, but the fact that this man, who is so well known, is openly supporting gay marriage rights is good.  There are so many people against gay marriage, that in all likelyhood, we'll have to wait for them to die off.  I think that right now, the best way to get more support for gay rights is to show everyone that gay marriage is important to us, and help them see that homosexual relationships are just like heterosexual ones, based on the same emotions.

Oh
My
God.


A friend of an LJ friend recently recieved an email from a gardening company.  This is a link to the letter she recieved and response she wrote.  
The Letter
I actually did leave a comment for CBS, thanking them for including the issues of homosexuality on their network.  So many treat homosexuality as an issue to garner attention for whatever viewpoint they have.  This leads to so many forgetting that this isn't an issue for us to decided: it is an emotional issue between two people.  Its their business, not ours.  Television is supposed to be an entertaining depiction, usually with some basis in the real world.  Homosexuals are real, they exist.  They are a part of this world, why shouldn't they be represented.

Oh, and the funny part (to me) was this guy saying "If homosexuality was the norm, civilization would have ceased to exist thousands of years ago. Procreation takes a man and a woman. "  Hmm... apparently he's never heard that homosexuals are a minority.  Most people are not 100% straight.  Even if they never act on it, most have at least noticed the opposite sex.  Okay, enough preaching.  Please go back to your regularly scheduled... blogging.

Update:
I did send a letter to CBS and one to the gardening company.  This is what I wrote to them:


It is the sanctimonious hypocrisy of those like yourself that have driven me away from the religion in which I was raised. I personally feel that all people should be free to pursue love, regardless of sex. Fifty years ago a kiss between two people of different races would have been seen as scandalous, an action worthy of a lynching.


If you stop and consider just how few same-sex relationships are portrayed on network television, you truly have no cause for anger. Most consider sexuality to be on a scale, with few people being perfectly straight or gay. The current percentage of the U.S. population that classifies themselves as homosexual is generally (depending on the poll), around 10-15%, excluding those that consider themselves bisexual.


You seem to feel that this display of love is uncalled for and disgraceful. You know gardening, so stick to gardening. You have every right to speak out about what you believe, but subjecting your customers religious/moral sermons isn’t one of them. Instead, consider the fact that the number of Americans who claim to be Christian decreases each year. It isn’t because of the dogma, but the arrogant words spoken by those like yourself. People like you do more for the gay rights movement than any staged kiss on a t.v. program.

Lance Bass of `N Sync Reveals He's Gay


Um, okay.  Raise you hand if you didn't suspect that one of them was gay?  And I don't mean in the way that most people who were annoyed by the band  claimed they were all gay.  But this really puts my icon in a new light.

However, I would like point out that I thought it was great when he said '"The thing is, I'm not ashamed - that's the one thing I went to say," Bass says. "I don't think it's wrong, I'm not devastated going through this. I'm more liberated and happy than I've been my whole life. I'm just happy."'

Its a good thing whens someone can come out of the closet without feeling that they've done something wrong that they should apologize for.  The only sad part is that he felt he did have to hide it earlier, and with good reason.  The band probably would have suffered had he admitted his momosexuality.
Dear Lord, save me from your psychotic followers. Please.

Dutch Christians Fear Devil's Day

For further reference, see George Bush, who is quoted as defending the Gay Marriage amendment by saying "An amendment to the constitution is necessary because activist courts have left our nation with no other choice."

Hear that sound? That is my soul dying.

Bush Calls for Gay Marriage Ban

According to Yahoo! news, the ban has already been struck down in the Senate. But it still hurts.

In other news, PEOPLE ARE REALLY FUCKING STUPID! Read about these two damn stupid motherfuckers. God, they deserved to die. I feel bad for their famailies, but these idiots were unbelievably idiodic. I, just, I don't have any further words...

College students found dead inside balloon
So, my parents came down to see me the weekend of my birthday, although they had to leave on my birthday. Odd. This year I didn't really care. Anywhoo, I have some joyous news;

Belgium has voted to grant gay couples the right to adopt! WOO HOO!!!

I also found a great article that kind of lists the status of gay marriage around the world, article found HERE!

Denmark was the first country to legalize; however, since it has a state sponsered religion, church marriages are not allowed. Spain, surprisingly considering their Catholicness, has also legalized. France is the country thats being all bitchy about it. Fuckers. New Zealand offer a civil union option for gay couples, or for hetero couples who just don't want to marry. So yay, this news made my still-sickly day. Peace out.
Just found this article, gave me a bit of the joy. Okay, a lot of the joy.

Gay Marriage Legalized in South Africa

Gay Rights

Oct. 26th, 2005 08:39 pm
Okay peeps, remember the entry I posted about "I am the gay boy who...." which was all depressing? Have a new one for you, and it makes me happy. Please read!


I am the guy who came out to the entire school in his senior speech and got a standing ovation for his courage.

I am the girl who kisses her girlfriend on the sidewalk and laughs at those who glare.

We are the couple who planned and studied and got a damn good lawyer and BEAT the state that wanted to take our child away.

We are the ones who took martial arts classes and carry pepper spray and are just too dangerous to gay bash.

I am the transgender person who uses the bathroom that suits me, and
demands that any complaining staff explain their complaint to my facein front of the entire restaurant--and shares with my other trans friends which restaurants don't raise a stink.

I am the mother who told her lesbian daughter to invite her girlfriend over for dinner.

I am the father who punished his son for calling you a fag.

I am the preacher who told my congregation that love, not hate, is the definition of a true follower of God.

I am the girl who did not learn the meaning of "homosexual" until high school but never thought to question why two men might be kissing.

I am the woman who argues (quite loudly and vehemently) with the bigots who insist that you do not have the right to marry or raise children.

We are the high school class who agrees, unanimously, along with our teacher, that love should be all that matters.

I am making a difference. Hate will not win.

GLBT rights

Sep. 2nd, 2005 11:11 pm
Okay, this is a meme I got from dreamerchaos. Repost it, and maybe someone you know who may be a little homophobic will get a new view.


I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.

I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.

I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.

We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.

I am the man who died alone in the hospital because they would not let my partner of twenty-seven years into the room.

I am the foster child who wakes up with nightmares of being taken away from the two fathers who are the only loving family I have ever had. I wish they could adopt me.

I am one of the lucky ones, I guess. I survived the attack that left me in a coma for three weeks, and in another year I will probably be able to walk again.

I am not one of the lucky ones. I killed myself just weeks before graduating high school. It was simply too much to bear.

We are the couple who had the realtor hang up on us when she found out we wanted to rent a one-bedroom for two men.

I am the person who never knows which bathroom I should use if I want to avoid getting the management called on me.

I am the mother who is not allowed to even visit the children I bore, nursed, and raised. The court says I am an unfit mother because I now live with another woman.

I am the domestic-violence survivor who found the support system grow suddenly cold and distant when they found out my abusive partner is also a woman.

I am the domestic-violence survivor who has no support system to turn to because I am male.

I am the father who has never hugged his son because I grew up afraid to show affection to other men.

I am the home-economics teacher who always wanted to teach gym until someone told me that only lesbians do that.

I am the man who died when the paramedics stopped treating me as soon as they realized I was transsexual.

I am the person who feels guilty because I think I could be a much better person if I didn’t have to always deal with society hating me.

I am the man who stopped attending church, not because I don't believe, but because they closed their doors to my kind.

I am the person who has to hide what this world needs most, love.

Repost this if you believe homophobia is wrong.



It makes me want to cry.
oh, these are some links I was sent.
This one is in opposition to the constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage. It helps you send a letter you your senator.

http://www.hrcactioncenter.org/campaign/senate_mpa_oppose

This link is for the "million for marriage" petition, which, according to this group, supports marriage equality for all.

http://www.hrc.org/millionformarriage/index.shtml

Just wanted to put these out there for you. Also, after signing/sending, you can send the link to your friends.

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