New Jersey Legislatures approved gay marriage rights, giving it the chance to be the eight state with equal marriage rights. Although Gov. Christie says he will veto the bill, the LGBT community of NJ is still celebrating the historical step taken. The Huffington Post quoted:
"Steven Goldstein, chairman of the gay rights group Garden State Equality, echoed the speaker’s sentiments.
'Today, the Legislature has brought us to the promised land,” said Goldstein. “We know the governor won't let us enter, but we finally behold the view of our dreams and we will never turn back.'”
Congratulations New Jersey on being one step closer!
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"Unlike straight “right-thinking” and some gays who would prefer that one conveys an image of “self-clean”. I will not cease to repeat: being gay is the best school of tolerance. We are all “bears”, “queers”, “transgender”, “crazy”, “twinks”, “bodybuildered”, “leather”, ”S & M“… and in personally, I’m glad that our Gay Pride reflect that."
— La Sentinelle Gay
Anonymous asked: Many people I know don't hate gays, they don't even have anything against them, but we don't like the way many of gay-people demonstrate gay-love on streets, parades for example. What is your opinion about gay parades?
The main reason for gay pride parades is to give voice to a minority group that is so frequently asked to keep itself secret. There would be no need to “demonstrate gay-love” if it was widely accepted, the same way that heterosexual love is accepted by mainstream audiences.
Pride parades originated out of political activism as the community rallied for equal rights. Most parades still have political roots, especially in less accepting areas, and it gives politicians a chance to show their support.
We can understand though how gay pride parades might make you uncomfortable, and in fact, there are some members of the GLBT community who also feel that way. Some believe that pride parades may reinforce certain stereotypes about the gay community, but for others, it is a liberating experience and a chance to feel completely free and accepted amongst a group of peers. Of course, attendance and participation are completely optional depending on your feelings.
If you feel you are outside of that group, we can see how pride parades might seem a little abrupt and in-your-face. However, they exist for many reasons— chiefly to remind the general public that the queer community does exist and that it’s something to be celebrated, not hidden. We’re supportive of that freedom and believe that love demonstrations are an important part of helping break down barriers.
Thank you very much for your question! We hope we helped clarify a few things, and we’re glad you asked, as it is an important question. Feel free to submit any more questions you may have, as most of all, we aim to foster open dialogue like this.
There seems to be some discourse over which initialism to use when referring to the (insert preferred letters here) community. We always try to tag as many as possible within our posts, but we were wondering, what initialism do you use or accept most often?
LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQQ, GLBT, GLBTQ LGBTI, GLBTA or other?? Does it bother you much when one is used over the other or is it just another way to be all-inclusive when saying the same thing?