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.
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.”
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.
Queer/Race news this week:
· The Olympics started this week and there has been some discussion over the logo. “The 2010 Olympics logo is an altered version of traditional Arctic Inuit sculptures. This quasi-indigenous logo has been displayed in a barrage of Olympics branding. … With this Olympics logo, and other Olympics promotional messages, marketers have been portraying the 2010 Games as ‘indigenous’ Olympics. Indigenous references are foregrounded in mass produced Olympics marketing. The online Olympics store even sells “Authentic Aboriginal Products” (such as t-shirts and silk ties).” The article raises some interesting questions about how we should react to these images. This article links to dozens of other articles and images, if you have some extra time I suggest checking them out as well. (sociological images)
· On Saturday the 13th, the brilliant poet Lucille Clifton died. She was a Pulitzer Prize nominee and spent several years in Baltimore, Maryland. Many of her poems touched on issues of black femininity, feminism, and womanhood. To see and hear her read some of her poetry, click here.
· The Church of England may officially allow women to become bishops. If this happens, it may also open up the door for gay bishops. Christianity may be over 2000 years old, but that doesn’t mean it is not always changing. (washingtonpost Via) This whole story, I think, is especially interesting after last October’s message from the Vatican that “it would make it easier for Anglicans uncomfortable with their church’s acceptance of female priests and openly gay bishops to join the Roman Catholic Church while retaining many of their traditions” (nytimes)
I chose these articles because they were on or linked from blog sites that I read daily. I consider myself part of the Feminist Blogosphere because I regularly read and comment on a couple different feminist blogs. The news items that I highlight here are all, I believe, important however; they are also all stories that are easily missed by the mainstream media. Even though none of these stories are explicitly about notions of queerness, they do all touch on ideas of otherness. I think the changing ideas over who is allowed to be clergy within different religions and religious sects is the most obvious story about otherness. Ideas of who is qualified/worthy of being a representative of the religion (and of God) are always steeped in politics, power, and marginalization. The Olympics story is another interesting lens through which to look at issues of race and marginalization. By turning an “indigenous” icon into a logo and logoed merchandise, the Olympic Committee is commodifying racial ideals. A queer reading of the debate would be a great way to complicate the debate.