Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hello World: Gay Pride versus The Closet (3)

By Miriam B. Medina

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As President Grover Cleveland once famously said: "There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice and the consequent loss of national self-respect and honor, beneath which are shielded and defended a people's safety and greatness."

We must maintain our greatness and truthfully accept and respect everyone equally. A country founded on “Freedom and justice for all” nearly 250 years ago must finally grow up, face itself, and aspire to the greatness the forefathers once intended for us. Gay. Gray. Black. Green. White. It doesn't matter.

We're all people.

And we all should be treated that way. The thing is, as advanced as humanity is, as free and democratic and evolved as America has become, we shouldn't be having arguments over or still be trying to figure out how to treat gay rights. Because whether a person is a gay man or a lesbian or whatever, they're a human being, and they, like anyone else, should simply be afforded human rights.

It's high time we put bias and bigotry in the closet, and allowed every one to simply be who they are, allow them to live as they choose, so long as they do not hurt, harm or violate another human being's rights.

That, is the real American Way, so that is the way that we as Americans need to act. Otherwise, this isn't the land of the free and the home of the brave, it's the land of what's acceptable to some, and the home that persecutes the brave for standing up for the rights they so naturally deserve, and somehow, I don't think that's what the forefathers had in mind when they declared freedom for all of us and later framed the Constitution to protect those freedoms.

Personally, I want to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, and in that America, nobody should be forced to live in a closet. It's just, so... Un-American!

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