Queer Identity in Mainstream Society
Summary: This article is my favorite. It is about how a significant amount of people from the LGBT community are not listed in the U.S. Census. Basically, the census is a list of the races that exist in the U.S. and it is redone every decade. The queer race does not count, they do not exist, and they do not have identities, according the census not listing them. They fill out the form, yet they are not included in the census.
Summary: This article is describes an event where a gay man, Keith Kimmel, sued the Oklahoma Tax Commission for not allowing him to have an “IM GAY” license plate. The Oklahoma Tax Commission refutes by saying that the license plate could affront others in the public. Kimmel wants to express himself and announce his sexuality to the public by putting up this license plate up on his car. He mentions that others put up derogatory license plates up that presents straight slurs.
3.) 150 same-sex couples seek marriage licenses in DC-
Summary: Today was a wonderful day for the LGBT community and for all the people who support this community because the Washington D.C. became the sixth state in America to allow same-sex marriages matrimony. One hundred fifty gay couples stood in line in order to retrieve their marriage license. The gay marriage law was first introduced to the District of Columbia through the D.C. Council back in October of 2009, where it attained almost unanimous voted from the beginning. After everyone signed by December, it went through a congressional review period until March 2nd, the expiration date and a day that will go down in history as a celebratory and commemorative day for the LGBT community.
I chose this week’s theme to be “Queer Identity in Mainstream Society.” The gay movement is to attain the rights that everyone is entitled to, especially the rights to express themselves and be accepted as a race in mainstream society. These articles are about how every queer person is endeavoring to be integrated in to main stream society as individuals who need to express their identity and have a valid identity in society. I believe that the queer race should have the permission to express their identity grounded, settled, and legitimate before moving on to attaining other rights and such, which they are endeavoring to do, because identity is the most prudent component there is out there because without it, you do not exist.
For example, for the article on the U.S Census, I always felt as if the U.S. Census is basically a map that lists all the races that are recognized, similar to a map, which signifies all the charted masses of lands. The people from LGBT community that are not listed on the census is a substantial race that makes up America and not listing them on the census is much like denying their existence. In 1990, gays and lesbians finally showed up on the census; however that was by error and the only time that occurred. Deliberating identifying them on the census would finally and truly integrate them in the U.S. population on paper and in the mind of the U.S. population.
For my article on the “IM GAY” license plates, I ask myself what happened to freedom of expression. Every single person needs to express their identity and gay people are just as entitled to that. As for the phrase “offending” others, well, I see sexually explicit license plates all the time that truly offend me, what about that? There are license plates out that signify that the driver is straight, such as “STR8FAN.” I feel like this is a total hypocrisy situation, proves even strongly that this country is a country that extols straight people as the supreme, and this behavior should be diminished, pronto!
My last article, which is about the gay marriage law that was ratified today in the District of Columbia, exemplifies the gay movement at its finest. The gay movement is succeeding to display their true identity to the world by being able to marrying each other, like everyone else can. It’s a good for the LGBT community and they should cherish and hope that this law remains intact. The queer race has been marginalized for centuries and decades and it is finally time for this community to attain goals. However, there is still a LONG way to go.