I stumbled upon this website, and I was inspired to help in some way. While I am not a parent, I am a student at Texas State University and I understand the struggle that kids can go through, so I decided to compile many reactions that other students have had to LGBT rights. I hope they serve to inspire someone one day. I just want children to be aware that there are people like them, and people who support and understand them. It's not all bad.
Each individual paragraph is a submission from a different person, with a different view. Ill attach it as a document and copy and paste it into this email.
Thanks for all the hope and support you provide,
- I feel like my sexuality is my business, and that power hungry politicians should not have a say in who I love. Everything that goes against homosexuality and the progression of gay rights is based on the bible, which is frustating. I'm not a Christian, but my rights get determined based off of Christian values and it isn't okay. Maybe I'm wrong, but if gays are able to get married, I don't think the United States will deteriorate.
- I have family members, both men and women who are homosexual and I love them to death, so if that is the way they chose to live then good for them. I support them in any way needed.
- It's none of my business who anyone loves and what they decide to do with their body. As long as they’re not harming or hurting themselves or anyone else it's not my place to interfere.
- I may not know much about DOMA or the Boy Scouts Ban or why exactly LGBTQ members can be fired. Maybe I sould read the news more. But my thing is that I don’t understand why they can’t get married. Is it hurting anyone to let them? No. Is it going to ruin anything? No. So it pisses me off. Everyone should have equality.
- I believe that LGBT rights/equality is the absolute biggest should-be non-issue issue of our time. The fact is that the LBGT community should be treated equally and with fairness and respect should be a given. We've been here before - we've done this to other groups before. We're supposed to learn from the mistakes in our past but we prove time and time again that humanity isn't that great with that concept and history will repeat itself. When we tell our LGBT friends, family, neighbors, coworkers that they are good enough to pay the same taxes we do, and to adhere to the same laws that we all must, but not good enough to get married, form legally recognized families, get equal healthcare/partner rights, be boy scouts or boy scout leaders, or when we use homophobic terms in casual conversation or in the realm of professional sports, we are sending a message directly to the ears of youth who are already struggling to find themselves and come to terms with their sexual orientation that they aren't good enough. We should never send a message to the youth of this nation or any other that they are inferior, or that they deserve less in life because of who they are. It's time we stand together on the right side of history and ensure that LGBT citizens are treated with all the respect and ensured the rights that all human beings deserve.
- Love is love and as long as it is two consenting adults no one should impede anyone's human right to pursue happiness.
- The state shouldn't be able to regulate marriage. Despite my beliefs, the idea that gay marriage would destroy the sanctity or marriage is silly....1) divorce rate 2) if marriage is solely a religious thing, then atheists shouldn't be able to get married either. People deserve to marry whoever they like and have the same legal rights. This is America right?? The land of the free......?