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I get your point, and it's valid. I don't agree with all of the military intervertions or actions myself, although I'm not 100% pacifist and I am in fact a veteran. I have been against the Iraq war from the start, and consider it part of the corruption of the Bush / Cheney regime. I have mixed feelings about the war in Afganistan but am not happy abour that either.
However, the ongoing discrimination against LGBT people is part of the larger picture of expressing our inferiority, poor character, that others feel contaminated by our presence. I think that being equally at risk or involved in military is part of being a full citizen. I understand if you disagree and respect your view.
woo -hoo! Now we can be blown up needlessly in someone else's country for spectacularly little reason... wait... what?
Posted in Atheist News because it's relevant to all - but it looks like DADT is history.
Finally, US Politicians have reluctantly followed the American People and voted to allow LGB (I don't know about transgendered people) to be open about their orientation as they risk their lives and die in defense of the country that won't give them equal rights.
The world is changing. Last of the Chinese You Tube videos, then we can get back to DADT, same sex marriage, hypocritical homophobic gay ministers, the impending gay Holocaust in Africa, and politicians.
Second part of our Chinese Lesbian celebrity theme. I suppose we could come up with as many American movies on similar themes?
One last video for today. China of course is nonchristian, nonmuslim, and during the cultural revolution was both atheistic and homophobic. Now the country is open to religion, as long as the religion does not threaten the state. Same gender relationships are also becoming more accepted.
There are all kinds of heros in all kinds of places.
Why no Black lead characters on the A-List? The Root.com Editorial. For what it's worth, I never heard of the A-list before reading this editorial.... seems like nothing's changed. My biggest disappointment in equal right's movements, is it seems each group segregates itself. I gave up on Out Magazine for the same reason - I thought it could be called "White-Out". Well, my 2 cents, anyway. I guess a shallow, superficial, TV show can't be expected to have any depth - by definition.
Why These Are Times of Crisis for Global LGBT Equality -- And How Activists Are Fighting the HateDispatches from an international conference of activists fighting for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex equality. Joseph Huff-Hannon / AlterNet December 9, 2010 | Welcome to the 25th annual conference of the International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), which drew up to 300 activists from dozens of countries to a hotel in Sao Paolo this week. ... the theme this year is “Building the way forward in times of crisis.” And times of crisis these are indeed for LGBT people around the world.Last month a committee of the United Nations General Assembly voted to remove a reference to sexual orientation from a resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions—essentially giving a green light for governments to kill LGBT people at their whim. ... READ MORE http://www.alternet.org/story/149127/
Dale, thanks. I agree on the DADT disappointment. Im very pessimistic about any change there.
As one who has been in the chorus of dissapointment in the president, I have to say good things when there is good. AP: Obama to Senate: Revisit the gay ban this year... "The president expressed disappointment with the vote. But he said in a statement that, in his words, "It must not be the end of our efforts."
In Huff Post: White House spokesman Reid Cherlin, meanwhile, said in a statement, "The President is committed to working with Congress to achieve a repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' this year. The White House is willing to explore all legislative options to reach this goal during the lame duck session." Of course, President Barack Obama could simply issue an executive order rolling back the ban on openly gay servicemembers, but the White House has chosen to press its luck with what administration officials argue is a more permanent solution.
On the other hand, who/how did the military desegregate on the issue of race? Are there lessons to be learned from history? (leading question there). Wikipedia In the midst of the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower was severely short of replacement troops for existing military units—all of which were totally white in composition... he made the decision to allow Afro-American soldiers to pick up a gun and join the white military units to fight in combat for the first time. This was the first step toward a desegregated United States military. Eisenhower's decision in this case was strongly opposed by his own army chief of staff, .... Indeed, it was stated that Bedell Smith was outraged by the decision and had said that the American public take offense at the integration of the military units. In 1948, President Harry S Truman's Executive Order 9981 ordered the integration of the armed forces shortly after World War II, a major advance in civil rights. Using the Executive Order (E.O.) meant that Truman could bypass Congress. Representatives of the Solid South, all white Democrats, would likely have stonewalled related legislation.
Of course, this time around most of the nation and the military are in support of desegregation of LGBT soldiers, so... what? I don't know.
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