This year has been marked by a fervent, unrelenting and across-the-board battle for gay rights in America.
Perhaps motivated by the ushering in of the Obama “change” campaign, or possibly due to the trickling of gay marriage rights from state to state that has slowly but steadily been progressing these last few years, or maybe it’s due to the discriminatory, nonsensical and even at times violent backlash that gays have experienced in the wake of this fight for equality, the strides made for and by gays in the U.S. this year have been paramount.
Hawaii passed a civil unions bill, the Senate Armed Forces Committee moved to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, is being revised and debated in the nation’s capital, and famously here in California, the attorneys on both sides of the Federal Prop 8 trial for gay marriage rights in California delivered their closing statements to the court last Wednesday, with Judge Vaughn Walker currently deliberating the verdict.
In tandem with this historic time in the battle for gay rights, ranker.com published a careful list of “8 things gays still can’t do” in America this week, highlighting the obstacles we as a community have yet to overcome. As fuel to add to our fire, this list should serve as a wake up call to the state of gays in America: what has been done, what’s being done, and what is still left to do.
In the private sector, gays still do not have equal protection under the law, hence the grave need for ENDA to be passed in both the House and Senate. With hate spewing, media attention obsessed politicians such as sorely out of touch Congresswoman Michelle Bachman (R-MN) manipulating the issue and painting the homophobic small business owner as the victim of discrimination under the ENDA bill (the one that aims to protect the LGBT community in the work place, and children bullied in school for that matter), the evidence in support of such a measure couldn’t be more pertinent and urgent.
The list goes on.
Left over from the anti-gay hysteria from the early AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s, as well as serving as the viscose residue that surely has left an unconscious, negative imprint on the gay psyche as being diseased aliens to be handled with care, gays still are not allowed to donate blood and haven’t been able to for over 25 years.
And goes on.
Amazingly, gays are still banned form adopting children in the majority of the United States.
Gays can’t get married in most of the country (outside of Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.), can’t be Boy Scout leaders (which is currently a hot button issue in the real estate lawsuit currently blazing between the Boy Scouts of America and the city of Philadelphia, with Philadelphia refusing to house the troop until the group amends their bigoted policy), and gays still can’t serve openly in the United States military, which fortunately is slowing coming undone.
And still, the list goes on.
The gay right’s “to do” list may seem daunting and intangible, it may appear as an absurdist notion to ever be considered equal to our heterosexual counterparts in this land of the free, but at the pace we’re going, with faith, hope and justice on our side, our time will surely come.
Cause we’re not stopping till it does.
To read ranker’s list in its entirety, please visit: ranker.com