Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I see gay people

Check out this startling statistic from the Human Rights Campaign:

In 31 states, it's still legal to fire someone because they're gay; in 39 states it is legal to fire someone for being transgender.

How tragic is that?

I can only surmise that this is about fear. There's always that possibility that you might turn gay if you were to sit next to a gay person day in and day out. Or, yeah, your colleague might want to recruit you, and you wouldn't want to have to deal with that temptation lest it be too powerful to overcome. You clearly need to be watchful, too, because gay people are apparently less discerning. You know, if you're hetero you have preferences about the type of man or woman you would like to date or hook up with, but if you're gay, nope. You female? Watch out. The lesbians are gonna want a piece of you.

And so here we are. Sigh. If you're reading this post, hello, you are on a feminist blog and you're probably lucky enough to live in one of the 19 states where you're not going to get fired for being gay. Or you don't, and you should be devising your exit strategy. Regardless of where you are, take thirty seconds to click here and sign this petition to end workplace discrimination.

It's a small step, but it's a start.


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