While I was walking Rigby this afternoon, a young woman approached me on with a clipboard in her hand and asked if I’d support the Human Rights Campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. “Of course,” I said.
“Twenty-nine states can legally fire people for being gay,” she mentioned, as I handed over the only money I had on me: $13 to be exact.
I was astounded by this statistic. We are obsessed in this country with Jennifer Aniston’s love life, Barack Obama’s birth certificate, and the comings and goings of someone named Snooki, while we allow hard working, talented people in 29 states to be fired for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. We should be ashamed of ourselves.
How can homophobia (having an irrational hatred of homosexuality) be so widespread in 2011? What makes human beings so unreasonable? How can we be so ignorant? The Human Rights Campaign, founded in 1980, now is over one million members strong nationwide and the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. It wants to ensure the basic equal rights of LGBT people, so they can be “open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.”
I urge all my FOFriends to read about the organization. It shouldn’t be one million strong. It should have no members because we shouldn’t have such primitive laws in America.