Queer/Race

Around The World in February

Posted in Architecture by kaykay on February 26, 2010

Equality in the Military

The article, “Equality in the Military” proves that we need every able-bodied soldier serving in the military, whether gay or straight. It has taken many years to progress in a positive way for gays and lesbians in the military, but it is slowly but surely changing. If you serve in the military you should not have to hide your sexual preference. You are serving a job and should not be looked upon differently because of that.

England’s Anglican clerics back gay marriages in church

Across the world in London, homosexual partners are granted the right in marriage. The Clerical belief of the Anglican Church was the importance of religion and marriage, not of sexual orientation. They have realized that it is more important to celebrate the promise of religion and “to deny people of faith the opportunity of registering the most important promise of their lives in their willing church or synagogue, according to its liturgy, is plainly discriminatory.”

Gay Rights in China: Road to Respect

The U.S. military and people of the Anglican Church are not the only ones celebrating a piece of freedom. Pensioner, Ba Li, celebrates his 72nd birthday with his boyfriend after living years of being imprisoned for his sexuality. Ba Li is hopeful for the future of the gay and lesbian community, despite the hardships he’s had to face in the past. Although the community is slowly progressing, he believes that “people now enjoy more freedom than ever to express their sexuality” than ever in the past.

These three current events really stood out to me because they are all interlinked in the LGBT community as a celebration of progression. As shown in these three different articles, I believe that it is most important that we celebrate the progression of freedom. We shouldn’t shy away from talking about the setbacks, instead we should acknowledge them and see how we can move onward from them.

It is interesting to me that people the U.S. are not the only ones facing progression with gay and lesbian movements. As a world, and within each own’s culture, people within the gay and lesbian community face a discrimination whether dealing with the politics, religion, or acceptance of their culture.

I would simulate the first article in comparison to discrimination in the workplace. It’s not about your sexual preference, it’s about your ability to preform your job. It is such a sickening discrimination to separate someone from the military because of that. I’m glad that we are moving forward with removing that rule in the military. As for the marriage of gays and lesbians within the Church, I agree with the fact that marriage should be more an important celebration of religion (if applicable). As for the story of Ba Lai in China, it is an extremely hopeful and celebratory story. If more and more gays and lesbians can celebrate their freedom in a country that was once so repressed and against gays and lesbians, then the world will be moving in a positive direction. As I am Chinese-American, I have not dealt with such harsh environments, but knowing some background knowledge of the Chinese I am proud that they are moving forward from ignorance.

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  1. saimaanika said, on March 4, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Your articles brought on a sense of rejoice and contentment as these articles that celebration gay people, as opposed to articles that talk about the dire issues that the LGBT community has to deal with, sadly. The first article entitled “Equality in the Military” shows that they are endeavoring to change and accept gay people in the military as people we are fighting for their country, just like the straight people are. However, I believe that there is a long way to go for gay people to completely accept and respect gay people. The military hasn’t even fully accepted women in the military when women have been serving in the military for quite some time, serving their country and for the amelioration of their country like straight men and gay people. Even though we hear of women being accepted, I also read articles and hear accounts of women being disrespected, beaten, condemned, raped, and much more behind the closed barracks. If women hasn’t been fully accepted after so many decades, then the full acceptation of gay people will take God knows how long. This is the dire truth and something has to be done.


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