By Michael L. Brown
Forty years in the past, so much american citizens stated they did not be aware of somebody who was once gay and claimed to understand little or not anything approximately homosexuality. this day, there is hardly ever a sitcom with out a favorite homosexual personality, videos like Milk and Brokeback Mountain have received Oscars, or even People journal celebrated the wedding of Ellen Degeneres and Portia DeRossi. A Queer factor occurred to America chronicles the fantastic transformation of the United States over the past 40 years, and addresses the query head-on: Is there relatively a homosexual time table, or is it a fiction of the non secular correct? Written in a full of life and compelling variety, yet subsidized with immense learn and vast interplay with the GLBT neighborhood, this forthright and but compassionate ebook seems to be on the amazing effect homosexual activism has had on American society. this would simply be the main arguable publication of the last decade. learn it and discover why the publishing global was once afraid to the touch it.
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We’ve been playing an act for a long time, so we’re consummate actors. 20 But there is no gay agenda, despite a gay manifesto with a call to action for the purpose of gay liberation. In Chicago, Illinois, the 1972 Gay Rights Platform was formulated, including nine federal goals and eight state goals, some of which called for: Issuance by the President of an executive order prohibiting the military from excluding for reasons of their sexual 29 A QUEE R T H IN G H A P P E N E D T O A ME R I C A orientation, persons who of their own volition desire entrance into the Armed Services; and from issuing lessthan-fully-honorable discharges for homosexuality; and the upgrading to fully honorable all such discharges previously issued, with retroactive benefits.
In fact, it seems to happen like clockwork, just as Kirk and Madsen (and others) scripted it. At a news conference on February 15th, 2007, as well as in our halfpage ad in the Charlotte Observer announcing our lecture series at the Booth Playhouse, I explicitly stated to the media that no hate speech would be permitted at the lectures, even encouraging the airing of dissenting viewpoints in the 45 minutes that would be devoted each night to open mike Q & A. To be sure, I was taking strong issue with the Human Rights Campaign, the world’s largest GLBT advocacy group, claiming that their name was actually misleading (seeing that they focus only on homosexual rights, not the rights of all citizens).
34 If you have straight friends and family ask them to support full equality. You have taken the courageous step to come out. Now it is time your friends and family step-up. If you are a person of faith, don’t let counterfeit Christians such as Jerry Falwell, James Dobson and Pat Robertson hijack religion. Jesus never once mentioned homosexuality. Yet, these phoniest of Pharisees are obsessed with the issue. If you are a Christian, whose priorities do you trust? Jerry Falwell’s or Jesus Christ’s?