LGBT rights – who says I can’t be, do or have – ABBI

LGBT rights – who says I can’t be, do or haveA while ago I was asked to speak at an LGBT event.  I called the presentation WHO SAYS I CAN’T BE, DO, OR HAVE? and spoke about our progress for equality and the ignorance and misconceptions we’ve had to overcome.For centuries society told gay and lesbian people not only what they can and can’t do but who they can be. Heterosexuality has been considered ‘normal’ and homosexuality abnormal. This prevailing attitude has been the source of injustice, hatred, violence, discrimination, murder, execution and kept many gay and lesbian people locked in prisons of fear and shame.Heterosexism is a system of attitudes, bias, and discrimination in favour of opposite-sex sexuality and relationships. It presumes that opposite-sex attractions and relationships are the norm and therefore superior. Heterosexism treats gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered people as second-class citizens with regard to various legal and civil rights, economic opportunities, social equality. Although heterosexism is defined in some dictionaries as anti-gay discrimination and/or prejudice “by heterosexual people” and “by heterosexuals”, people of any sexual orientation can hold such attitudes and bias.So it isn’t just them who can be the problem it can be us.

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  1. Hi, Terry,
    Being “male” and “white” have also been considered “normal”, as you know. I still shudder when Neanderthal DJs rail against breastfeeding, as recently – “fat, chavvy” women shouldn’t feed their babies! The commercialisation of sexuality. Watch out, the ethical issue of women’s equality has been partially subverted into cosmetic surgery for breasts and (horrors) genitalia of young women.
    LOVE is much better than all of this.
    Unrealistic binary divisions of humanity into Ur-man, and Ur-woman do us all harm.
    If truth be told, the default state of Homo sapiens is female, but am not going to get into issues of the Y chromosome, so short (and shrinking) the most common chromosome deletion “abnormality” in the world.
    One day, we’ll just be people, human beings, God’s children, “typical” and “disabled”, non nobis, Domine.

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