Friday, March 14, 2008

Norway and Washington State: Momentum Check!

I have posted here in the past that there is a momentum that is on our side in terms of changing the way that the world around us accepts and respects those of us who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered people. This is seen in laws that protect us in housing, in laws that protect us in hiring and firing, and laws that protect us in schools, e.g., bullying.

This week in the news, Norway is moving toward marriage equality, and the state of Washington, with the governor's signature, broadened the coverage, rights, and privileges of those in domestic partnerships. Click here for the Norway story, and click here for the Washington state story.

While amid stories of people being possibly forced to move to countries where they might be killed because they are gay, alongside shootings of gay youth on American streets and schools, next to stories of gays and lesbians being denied adoption opportunities in some states because of who we are, with state representatives who are married to Baptist ministers in the Midwest comparing us to terrorists and Hitler while hiding the fact that she has a gay son (sight), it is important to celebrate where there is movement afoot in the positive sense of what is open for those of us who are gay, bisexual, transgender, or lesbian people.



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