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Are Gays Second Class Citizens?

Updated on June 26, 2012

I am not a second class citizen because I am gay!

As a member of society, I can’t understand why I am made to feel and believe that I am inferior to the rest of the population simply because I was born gay. When in fact, I know that I am a far better contribution to society than many of my peers. I was the epitome of the “good child.” I was never in any trouble, I studied hard, and held up to my responsibilities. I graduated with honors from high school at the top of my class. I put myself through college, working full time while completing my degree. I pay my taxes, and I lead a responsible life. So why then, does a large portion of society treat me as though I am less than they are because of my sexual orientation. About 99.99% of you would never even know I, a lesbian in a stable and committed relationship, exist. Your life, your marriage, and your family will never be effected by me or my family. And yet you will still argue something to the affect of; “well, it goes against everything I believe in.” Or, “it’s against my religion.”

And you know what I have to say to your arguments... That’s fantastic. But the reality is, your beliefs and your religion should have no bearing on my life. Since when does honoring your religion or personal beliefs mean that you can attempt to take away my constitutional rights as a human being. I am a good person, and you have no right to force yourself into my home. Just as I have no right to take something away from you because I don’t believe in your hair color, or your gender, or your height and weight, or even your skin color; All traits that you were born with.

The implication that simply because I am a lesbian means that I have nothing valuable to contribute to this society is preposterous. And I shouldn’t have to be singled out and persecuted because of something I had no control over. Just as the rest of the LGBT population shouldn’t be scrutinized because of one character trait they possess. I am NOT a second class citizen.

What kind of message are we sending to the young and impressionable members of our society with this monotonous fight for equality. We shouldn’t have to be fighting for a right that we are said to be born with. And in doing so, we are priming the next generation to be just as intolerant to differences as every other ignorant adult already living. We are quite literally breading hatred. What sense does that make? There is this overbearing fear that a child knowing that gay even exists, will prime them into thinking they can choose to be gay. Or rather, simply knowing about gays will cause them to become gay. The reality is that gay exists, and it is okay.

How can we expect the bullying and suicides of the young LGBT population to stop, when all they see is hatred and intolerance from even the top seats of our government. The very government that is supposed to be protecting them, is feeding them with the information that they don’t deserve the same rights as their heterosexual peers, let alone the same respect and freedoms.

The system is broken, our society is broken. The current treatment of the LGBT community should not be accepted as the norm among the majority of our citizens.

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    • Dale Hyde profile image

      Dale Hyde 6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      You are most welcome, Briana. :)

    • Briana Faye profile image

      Briana Faye 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Dale! I appreciate the comment and love hearing that you are involved in activism for equality!

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      Dale Hyde 6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      A great hub. I would share that our mayor would agree with you as to not being second class in any form or fashion. That would be Annise Parker. :) As for me, I am well known as an activist for equality and have been for years and continue to support all issues. Voted up, interesting and useful.