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Tackling Homophobia
Baltimore Ravens three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo came out for full marriage equality, writing in the Huffington Post: "Looking at the former restrictions on human rights in our country starting with slavery, women not being able to vote, blacks being counted as two-thirds of a human, segregation ... all have gone by the wayside. But now, here in 2009, same-sex marriages are prohibited. I think we will look back in 10, 20, 30 years and be amazed that gays and lesbians did not have the same rights as every one else. How did this ever happen in the land of the free and the home of the brave? Are we really free?"

Plus, this is so sad, it makes my stomach ill. From [livejournal.com profile] sannion:
Hospital Forces Lesbian to Die Alone; Judge Gives Stamp of Approval
Patient Relations Department for the hospital can be reached here. Please tell them how you feel about this. I know I will.

And people wonder why I have nightmares about certain things regarding [livejournal.com profile] feorran and I. But at least there are small rays of hope out there. I cling to those. I need to.

Date: 2009-10-08 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] painted-mare.livejournal.com
'When athletes like Mr. Fujita and Mr. Ayanbadejo speak out against homophobia, they not only challenge the status quo but also redefine a warped vision of manhood.'

This, this, this, this.

Date: 2009-10-08 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] celestialion.livejournal.com
Kudos to those football players. Interesting how D understands the meaning of defense, even beyond the field. I commend them, and hope more athletes from all sports stand with us.

Now with Ms. Pond - that was despicable. With a straight couple, it would be a non-issue. And people wonder why we get upset. I mean seriously, is it still the 50s or something? Or even earlier? WTF?

For all our sakes, I hope our country- no, our world- opens its eyes and realizes that we have a serious problem here.

Date: 2009-10-09 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aineotter.livejournal.com
Oh, I have the same fears, so much. But it good to hear of folks even in places that have been traditionally bastions of homophobia coming around.

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