Some of my friends in the past have felt the need to preach to me about Gay and Lesbian rights...To me, this is a complete fucking non-issue. See, I grew up in Southern California. Out there, gay people are just part of the population in many places. This wasn't true until a relatively recent time, but if you live in California, you know gay people. You go to high school with them, you work with them, and you pretty much accept that they're people like you and me. Not "Except that they have sex with people of their own gender." No "Except" anywhere. People, end statement.
Chances are, if you live in SoCal, you also know people who are sexually "deviant" in ways that are far more "bizarre" than being gay. People who whack off on roadkill. People who only have sex while sheathed from head to toe in latex. People who only fuck when they've cut their partners with sacrificial implements, using their blood as lube. People who fuck vegetables and fruits quite literally. And they're people too.
So my personal philosophy is that as long as you're not raping the corpses of kidnapped children, or doing any sex act that hurts unwilling people, I don't give a fuck WHAT you like to bone. It's a complete non-issue. This makes it incredibly aggravating that there are still national issues with this to me. Straight folks get perfectly legal medical benefits for their partners, but same-sex don't? What the FUCK is that shit? Gays are allowed to die in the military, but aren't allowed to expose what they like to fuck? Gays aren't allowed to head organizations like boy scouts? WHAT?
What kind of fucking nation do we live in when people are still categorizing others by their skin color, racial background, or sexual orientation?
It bothers the FUCK out of me on a lot of fronts. And it's not just nuclear white men, either - yeah, I realize that there's a historical precedent involved, but I'm sick to death of black folks looking at me carefully as I walk by just because I shave my head and wear combat boots. (Even the ones that shave their own heads. This bothers me more, because these guys know that a shaved head is a comfortable style. They should know that I might not be a neo-nazi, but a guy who likes the look and feel of it.) I'm tired of hearing that a suspect was susp[icious for many reasons, including the fact that he's got dark skin. I don't want to hear that "It's a black thing". Bullshit. I don't want to hear that it's a [black/white/gay/christian] thing. There are no  things if we're all fucking people. The sooner we get over this neanderthal fucking outlook of judgement by race and sexual orientation, the sooner we, as a people, can get the fuck on with being a better fucking nation.
I only bring this up because last night, Ms. Cho made a statement that still applies. She reminded me of a saying that I haven't thought about in a while. It was once the slogan of a group called Act Up, and it holds true no matter who you are in this country or others:
I hadn't thought about that in a while. This formula is being applied hideously to us, as Americans, right now. Not in theory, but in practice. Think this war has gone too far? SPEAK THE FUCK UP. Think that the current white house is owned by people who should be beaten in the streets with bicycle chains? SAY IT. FUCK what your co-workers think. FUCK what the "status quo" has for beliefs. SPEAK THE FUCK UP, because right now, although there are protesters being showed in the media finally, there aren't enough. Our rights have been slaughtered since 9/11, and every last one of the US populace who let it happen did so by being quiet out of fear of being perceived as non-patriotic.
Dissent, when coupled with action, is patriotic. More so than anything else. This country was fucking FOUNDED on it.
So speak the fuck up.
i sooo totally agree w/ flemco on this issue, but i rarely post politics in my lj; instead i write to government officials (both my own reps and other prominent lawmakers) directly to try to sway their opinions
and this from mark_argent is also appropriate, especially given the scariness of the "patriot act" and other "homeland defense" policies
Theodore Roosevelt, in an editorial in the Kansas City Star, May 7, 1918.
"The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole.
"Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile.
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else."