This would be my last blog, but blog #2
So there are many issues I have with everything. I know that’s really descriptive, right? Well, I think I’m really passionate about this right now because I just wrote my final paper on some aspects of this. I want to talk about marriage equality. I know, I know, no one wants to talk about this topic anymore. But I want to talk about another aspect of this issue.
Marriage equality is a big issue in the LGBTQ community, especially in the United States. This issue isn’t much of a problem outside the U.S., with other western nations. For a nation that is the leading in the western world, we are very conservative in our views. But that is all beside the point.
Why don’t people talk about how the concept of marriage reinforces the patriarchy and leaves women as subordinates in their lives? Why would people in the progressive movement of LGBTQ movement want to reinforce the horrible stigmas that marriage represents? Well, as a feminist, I can see why. Marriage between the same sex reinforces their love for one another. It’s a basic right that everyone should have.
Further, it is so much easier to gain rights as a married couple in this country. With marriage equality, partners become spouses, which give tax breaks and ensures safety if there is a death, etc. We all know the general benefits.
As the U.S. gets closer and closer to national marriage equality, I really think that we can help other nations with their LGBT movements. We’ve had our Stonewall, let’s help give other countries theirs. I don’t mean that we have to incur violence or anything like that, but what I mean is that we can help these other countries have a turning point in their LGBTQ activism.
I am specifically talking about India, in this sense. They have a rising LGBTQ community, with rising activism. Recently, last year, the Penal Code that made same sex relations illegal was repealed. There are even government sanctions that support LGBTQ people and organizations. This is huge for this third world country because for generations, LGBTQ relations have been so stigmatized. Not to say the stigma is completely gone, but there are moves being made. And this is awesome.
So as the U.S. becomes better with equal rights for LGBTQ people, we should reach out and help other nations that can benefit from our mistakes, experiences, and expertise.