When Did Heteros Choose to be Straight?

“Cause I tried to be white for a day and it just didn’t work out like I’d hoped.”

Dominic DorseyBy Dominic Dorsey, Contributing Writer & Activist

I just found out something fascinating. I was corrected in a conversation by someone who said LGBT rights aren’t a social justice or civil rights issue because it’s a choice. “You can’t choose to be Black but you choose to be gay.”

So for my LGBT friends and family who are out and feel so inclined to share — Please tell me the moment you decided, “I think I want to be gay.” Cause I tried to be white for a day and it just didn’t work out like I’d hoped. That privilege never did kick in.

To whomever told Dominic this, I’d like to ask him/her: “When did you choose to be straight?”

This is in regards to the Religious Freedom Reformation Act [RFRA] in Indiana. Currently, the language of this law potentially allows businesses to discriminate/refuse service to same-sex couples. I’m all for freedom and religious freedom, but I don’t believe in freedom at the expense of degrading, devaluing, condemning and treating other human beings less equal. We are all EQUAL. All of us.

There’s a petition going around to amend Title II, Sec. 201(a) of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to also protect the LGBTQ community by adding in the language “gender identification, sexual orientation.”

It could look like this:

“TITLE II–INJUNCTIVE RELIEF AGAINST DISCRIMINATION IN PLACES OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION
SEC. 201. (a) All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, and privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, [gender, gender identity, sexual orientation,] religion, or national origin.”

Feel free to pass the petition around. It won’t be publicly visible until it hits 150, and won’t be addressed unless it hits 100k within a month. It would be fantastic, and in my opinion just, if this petition can collect millions of signatures!!

Here is the link to the petition: http://www.TinyUrl.com/LGBTQCivilRights

Also, check out the states that currently have non-discrimination laws to protect sexual orientation & sexual identity: https://www.aclu.org/maps/non-discrimination-laws-state-state-information-map

Namaste,

T.O.

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