June 9, 2016
As we all probably know this month is LGBT pride month. We are celebrating LGBT history, It is this month that we talk about what happen during the marriage inequality. we do answer where we are today if it’s not for the people who sacrifice in order for us to live our life as it is. so I am here to discuss three major events that happened in LGBT history.
- Stonewall uprising- Stonewall was not the first uprising of the gay movement, it was the major one though because it was broadcast all over the america. In the early morning of June 28, 1969, there have been rioting at a gay bar own by the mafia, The police raided the bar, but gay men and women fought back, The next day the cops come again, but the LGBT people fought hard.
- AIDS epidemic- The AIDS epidemic is the hardest thing that happened to LGBT people particularly gay men.Because of the erasure of the gay community, by people like President Ronald Reagan who never spoken about the AIDS epidemic until the late 80’s
3. The election and assignation of Harvey Milk- Harvey Milk is the first openly gay state supervisor. He was a true leader. But after only a year of he was assented by former state supervisor Dan White.
4. Lawrence Vs. Texas case 2003- This is in my opinion is the most important case in LGBT history, because when you can not legalise some that is illegal to begin with. i.e. same sex marriage. It came one year before Massachusetts became the the first to legalise marriage between two people of the same gender.
5. Marriage equality -2015., Obergafell vs Hudges, this is the happiest case in gay history, This is the culmination of four and a half decades of fighting for recognition. Recognition of Life and Love from Stonewall onwards.
So this are five events that change the corse of a generation. What are your favourite LGBT events Tweet me @joaquinwrites. Please you may not forget them….
April 19, 2016
This month North Carolina overwhelmingly passed a bill that prevents any city from passing a law that protects LGBT people, Transgender people are the most affected the law, and that they are being ban from going to their of bathroom of preferred gender. The gay community is obviously very outrage and sadden by this backwards bill.
There has been a lot of backlash, boycotts had been called. People had been very angry and mad. Ringo Starr and Bruce Springsteen had said that they are boycotting, they are are not going to play in North Carolina. Boycotts are a waste of time, I sed to love boycotts but after I listen to Academy award winner screenwriter Dustin Lance Black give a speech I change my mind.
Do not get me wrong what happen in North Carolina really is a set back for the transgender community. And we should support ever effort to repel that amendment. Boycotting will just make it worse. because it shows the people who do not want equality that the gay community and its supporters are authoritarians. And that the gay community wants to ban their religion and it is not good.
The gay community need to accept that the fact this is the law of the land in North Carolina. What we should do is we should do what the fight for marriage equality is very successful in doing. They gay community should fill a law suit and battle it out in the court and may the best argument wins. I know for a fact we will win. because this strategist worked.
The problem after the US has gotten marriage the gay groups become lazy. As if they do not want to finish the job that they started interns of the Non Discrimination laws and The Transgender Bathroom Bill. We should finish what we started.
The LGBT community should wake up because people are still suffering in many parts of the US. Finally I want to literate that marriage is not the end of all the problems. The gay community needs to be able to fix themselves.
February 22, 2016
Last week while I am on hiatus, the Filipino pride Manny Pacquiao said that gay people are worst than animals because animals know to have sex with just the opposite gender. Obviously this does not went well with the gay community in the Philippines and around the world. His sponsor Nike had pulled out.
First of all I want to say this the Philippines have laws protecting free speech. He has a right to say his opinion. He has a right to say that in a private conference. The Philippines like America has freedom of religion. He can believe what he wants even if he is a public official, look at Ted Cruz.
If you ask me, of course I do condone what he said from the bottom of my heart. But the thing is we should support free speech no matter what. Free speech is not only for people whom you agree with, it is also for the people that you do not. There is a Supreme Court. case it came from Ohio, were in the KKK wanted to do a protest rally on a Jewish town. The Supreme Court said that the police has no right to arrest them unless there is an eminent threat of danger. So even the KKK had a right to say what they want.
Of course his argument is wrong, there are plenty of gay animals. In fact there a hundred plus animals that exhibit homosexual behavior, Including Rams, lions, dolphins, bonobos and penguins. I can not get over why people do not call him on that. Not the “gay rights is a Human rights” (bla bla bla). Of course gay rights is human rights what are you talking about. But how can you change people’s hearts if you are not fighting them on the issues, right?
Lastly, Manny Pacquiao has just been a victim of a fundamentalist religion and that we should pity him for not using his mind and he is barely a high school graduate. Finally, I want liberals to write about free speech for those they do not agree with.
February 10, 2016
Monday, I was watching a speech at Google about conversion therapy and the dangers of it. It is Coinciding with governor Andrew Cuomo signing a bill in to law that will make it illegal in the state of New York to subject minors to conversion therapy. Conversion Therapy is wrong because sexuality is not changeable. You are essentially born that way.
The practice of conversion therapy started gaining traction in the 1960’s, where in it was common knowledge that homosexuality is a mental illness that should be cured. In this so called therapy it subjected people to torturous things, like they show pictures of two man making out, and if the person’s responded was positive, they will shock that person, like that. Obviously it does not work, people who say that it is working, is lying
Homosexuality was in the DSM as recently as 1973. But the practice of changing a person’s sexual orientation persisted. Parents who just want the best for their kids are subjecting their vulnerable children to this so called therapy, when they know that their child maybe gay. This is what happened to a kid in the 1970’s “Craig” (not his real name)
Craig was a young boy from Los Angeles California who when he’s mom notice a behavior pattern more typical of the opposite gender. One night his mom was watching NPR and when this doctor, George Wreckers was talking about homosexuality and that it can be cured. Craig’s parents enrolled him. But his homosexuality was not cured. He suffered from depression, And after his stint in the military he committed suicide.
Lastly, I commend what Governor Cuomo did in the state of New York, he really did a very good job, other states should follow suit. People’s lives matter. Finally people are born gay as they are straight and nothing should change that.
February 8, 2016
I was watching a pastor give a sermon on homosexuality in the Internet last weekend. And how homosexuality is a sin. I would admit that for a second I buy in to what he is saying. Thankfully, I used my mind and said to my self how can it be, he is wrong. Homosexuality is not bad. And it can not be a sin. Here is why.
The answer is the Golden Rule: Do not do to others as you do not like others to do to you. In the modern term: Do what ever you want to do, unless you are hurting somebody else. The golden rule is a rational piece of advice for people because it deals with every and any crime. It is about consent and not control.
The golden rule can apply to the simplest of crimes to the most gruesome ones. By knowing the magic word, that is consent: for example you took someone’s candy without the permission of the person, in my opinion you are sinning and that is wrong. For example your mother is dying at the hospital and to ease her pain. You allow her to die because of a written form (a DNR), then you are not sinning.
So how does this apply to homosexuality? Rape a is crime for a reason because the person did not consent to another person. Pedophilia is a crime because a young child can not consent to an adult, they are too young. Homosexuality is not a crime because this are two consenting adults doing what they want in the privacy of their homes. How can it be a sin.
Lastly , how can loving another person be a sin. I can not understand that. People do not get that homosexuality is not about having sex all the time it is also about love and commitment. Finally, People are so focus on sex, why not focus on the poor and the needy.
January 28, 2016
Recently the HRC, the Human Rights Campaign endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. I think it is a dumb idea for the HRC to support a candidate that have just flip fop on the issue. She is not for marriage equality back then, but why her and why not Bernie.
Remember that in 2004, when the Bush administration was trying to amend the constitution Hillary Clinton is for that. She said that marriage is a “sacred” institution, that is for a man and a woman to make children. I am not trying to say that she can not change her position. But the biggest thing about that there are really caveats.
The HRC got it wrong when they supported her. She really is not for marriage equality. She just flip flops to get support. Also the party platform, marriage equality is in the Democratic Party platform. And If she do not follow the mandate she will lose, the democratic nomination. It’s really a bad choice for them.
Why not Bernie? Bernie Sanders is a known civil rights activists, in fact the guy was in the March on Washington. Yeah, at first he may not be for marriage equality but he is for civil unions. Human rights is not just about marriage equality, or something like that, that is just a part of it. Civil rights is also about Income Inequality, racial inequality, gender inequality and criminal justice system. Which all of the mention Bernie is so in favor of. The HRC is so much about Mrs. Clinton, they are really a hypocrite.
Finally, the HRC is just picking that winnable candidate. They are also playing in the notion that Bernie will not win because he is a socialist democrat. Lastly, democratic socialist just means that Bernie just believes that the government’s job is to give people what they pay for in taxes.
Joaquin Tenedora-Forte January 20, 2016
This summer the Supreme Court of the United States in a landmark decision gave full civil marriage rights to gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals. Now, as we know Election Day is in November. If a republican wins the biggest challenge is how are we going to protect our rights as individuals, what do I mean by that?
As we all know the Republican Party is a Conservative party, they are hostile to the LGBT community. Not a single person running for president in the Republican Party is for marriage equality, not one. Wow, even Ran Paul a libertarian. And everyone is not in favor of work place protections. I am very sicken by how these people can say or do that.
People should be aware that marriage equality can be repealed. By doing a constitutional amendment. And also a catch 22 the justices that decided on the marriage ban are old. I think that justice Sotomayor and Justice Kagan are the youngest. And the rest is in their 70’s and Justice Ginsburg is 82. If a republican wins and there is challenge on marriage equality, the president appoints the Justices, all our successes will vanish in thin air.
One more thing, The Equality Act a law protecting LGBT’s from workplace discrimination, is never going to pass in a republican controlled house of representatives, senate, White House and Supreme Court. Transgendered people in particular will not be able to thrive, they will further become a second class citizen.
Lastly, young people specially need to register and vote that is the only way that we can combat homophobia in the macro level, guys, my final word is this, this fight is not over, there are still some things that should be done. People should be able top think a head and we should win this fight.
January 13, 2016
On Sunday evening the singer David Bowie passed away after an 18th month courageous battle with liver cancer at the age of 69. He was an amazing singer and songwriter, who popularized the genre glam rock witch a lot of gay people are enjoying. He was a talented actor as well a painter. He revolutionize rock music.
David Bowie was a musician like no other, he used imagery and gender bending tricks in his music videos. He was not afraid to be himself. Even if his music was not considered mainstream. That is what an artist should be about. He was always for equality, in a 1980 interview he slammed MTV for not playing music by black artist.
David Bowie is one of the first persons who came out as bisexual in a playboy magazine interview In the 1970s. And one of a handful of man in show business who considered themselves as bisexual. Even if he was married twice with a woman. Some rumors though said that he and Mick Jagger were in a relationship.
David was a revolutionary, a true artist and musician. My favorite song by David Bowie was written by David and Freddie Mercury and sang by Queen Plus Dave, the song is Under Pressure. He can also act. Dave was also a philanthropist. He gave his time for many years to Live Aid a yearly concert featuring the biggest artist of the 1980’s. 100 percent of the proceeds of Live Aid was given to charity.
Lastly, David Bowie influenced many singers and artist, like Madonna, Lady Gaga, Iggy Pop, Adam Lambert among other people. He is just am amazing artist. People may hate him because he crossed dressed. I don’t care. Finally, Rest in peace David Bowie, you really really rock. I love you and your music. You are truly a Rock God.
January 8, 2015
Marriage equality is the law of the land in America today, the Supreme Court states the fourteenth amendment section two, the equal protection and due process clause. But this week the state of Alabama said that they will not be issuing marriage licenses to gay couples: stating the tenth amendment. Is this constitutional at all.
According to the 10th amendment all laws that is not in the constitution is reserved for the states. And according to the United States constitution marriage is not one of those laws. Conservative states used the 10th amendment to their advantage, during the 1950’s and 1960’s conservative used states rights to advocate for segregation.
But and there is a big but, according to article five, clause two of the constitution, the supremacy clause that federal law override state law. And marriage equality is the law of the land the Supreme Court had decided upon the matter. The use of the fourteenth amendment is not a bad argument, because the fourteenth amendment section two is implying that all US citizens have equal protection of the law.
Alabama is making a fool out of themselves, it will not just be a waste of money and time because the Supreme Court had decided on this already. They never learn their lesson, back then after the Supreme Court had decided on Brown vs. board of Education when George Wallace block college kids from entering the University of Alabama, shouting segregation now, segregation forever. It is wrong back then and its wrong today.
Lastly Alabama should allow marriage equality because it is constitutional, they should honor the Supreme Court’s decision. They are really dumb if they do not. Finally, I want you to remember that George Wallace is not a good person, we look at him as a bad person, he is racist and wrong
December 28, 2015
On June 26, 2015, the moment gay rights activists in America have been waiting for, the culmination of decades of labor and love. The fight for equal marriage is finally here. It came when the US Supreme Court decided on Obergafell v. Hudges. Justice Anthony Kennedy states that marriage is a foundational institution of such huge importance.
Looking back on the marriage fight, I am so amazed that young gay people do not know about their own history, they are growing up in an environment that accept and loves them. But back in the dark ages of marriage inequality, there are people who died fighting for the right to be with someone that they love, equal hospital visits, tax benefits and equal families. Like in the Obergafell case were in the spouse dies, the surviving one, wanted to be listed the spouse.
Young people do not even realize that only a generation ago, gay people are getting arrested for being them selves. People today do not even realize that in many countries around the world, it is Illegal to be gay, it is even punishable by death. In America’s biggest friend in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia. America should do it with out Saudi, They really suck.
America has won on one of its biggest fronts ever. Is this the end of the story, off course it is not. There are a lot of things to be done. Like demolishing this so called religious freedom restoration act that some conservative states put down after their states recognizes marriage. And also the passage of the federal non-discrimination act because you can gay married on Sunday and be out of work on Monday.
Lastly, as I said earlier the fight is not over. People need to keep it in check because if you do not be careful. If you have like president Rubio or Bush or Cruz, they can still do a marriage amendment that will prohibit. As their Last effort to derail EQUALITY.