Today, GetEQUAL staged another protest. This time it was a two-pronged message; one was staged during President Obama’s speech at a campaign fundraiser for Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles last night. Today, Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo were joined by four other former military members in handcuffing themselves to the fence in front of the White House. It was the second time that Choi and Pietrangelo had done this.
GetEQUAL is comprised of gay rights activists to whom the details are unimportant. They have shown themselves willing to do almost anything short of running down Pennsylvania Avenue naked to get attention directed back at their cause: the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. I’m not sure what I think about them just yet because I can’t find any verifiable information about the organization.
I know for damn sure that I disagree 100% with the methods by which Choi, Pietrangelo and their associates are getting their message across. I agree with them that we need equal rights but I don’t agree with the delivery. First of all, they are in their military uniforms. They are blatantly disrespecting their orders. I applaud them for standing up for Army Core Values. There are seven core values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. Take one out and the rest crumble. For standing up for integrity and upholding their oaths, they have my gratitude and respect. I cannot abide them using their stand as a slap in the face to the rest of those values, though. There are both Republicans and Democrats holding out on repealing DADT, and their decisions will hinge on what their constituents want. If our actions turn their constituents off, we can kiss any possibility of equality good-bye for the forseeable future.
I have said for a very long time that we need to be wise in our approach to gaining equality. In 29 states it is currently still legal to fire an employee for being a homosexual. There are over 1,100 benefits and legal rights that are denied gay and lesbian people in the United States, among them laws that actually restrict one’s ability to pass creative and intelligence rights on to a non-related, non-married partner (meaning royalties for published writings or music can only be passed to relatives). There are several rights we still need to strive for, but doing whatever we can to get everyone’s attention isn’t going to get us there.
A few pointers. First of all, simply denying NAMBLA from marching in Pride parades or having booths at Pride festivals isn’t enough. Guys like Kevin Jennings need to renounce their time following Harry Hay, who supported NAMBLA (as well as the communist governments that round up homosexuals and send us to labor camps). Organizations such as GLSEN need to stop promoting gay rights to children in elementary school, stop putting books like “Am I Blue,” “Heather Has Two Mommies” and “…And Tango Makes Three” in elementary school libraries. They need to remove sexually explicit material of any kind from their suggested reading list, because frankly it is appalling that anyone is suggesting that seventh graders read books such as Queer 13. It’s mortifying to me that books like that are being suggested for anybody under the age of 18. To me, it comes awfully close to sexual abuse.
Stop holding gay sex seminars disguised as gay rights seminars. High schoolers do not need to be sent to classes in these seminars where the keynote speaker is going to encourage them to graphically describe their sexual fantasies in front of God and everybody and then go on to show them the proper hand positions for certain unmentionable acts.
Do you really think this kind of thing isn’t absolutely disgusting? If this is normal for you, there is something seriously wrong with your psyche and you should not EVER work with children. What kids learn in our society should be left up to their parents whether we agree with what their parents are teaching them or not. Keep pushing and, as we’ve all seen, they WILL push back. And there’s a hell of a lot more of them than there are of us. Being equal does not mean that we need to take their rights away. The instant we do that we’ll set ourselves up for the same loss down the road.
Yes, we deserve equality. We absolutely deserve equality. We’re every bit as human as anybody else. We live, breathe, love, bleed, cry and laugh the same way they do. Our rights, however, are not the most important thing here. We MUST be careful how and where we tread lest we lose not only the battle, but the war also.