By Michael L. Brown
Forty years in the past, such a lot americans acknowledged they did not recognize a person who used to be gay and claimed to understand little or not anything approximately homosexuality. at the present time, there is hardly ever a sitcom with no widespread homosexual personality, videos like Milk and Brokeback Mountain have received Oscars, or even People journal celebrated the wedding of Ellen Degeneres and Portia DeRossi. A Queer factor occurred to America chronicles the fantastic transformation of the USA during the last 40 years, and addresses the query head-on: Is there rather a homosexual schedule, or is it a fiction of the spiritual correct? Written in a full of life and compelling sort, yet sponsored with colossal learn and wide interplay with the GLBT group, this forthright and but compassionate publication appears on the awesome impression homosexual activism has had on American society. this might simply be the main debatable ebook of the last decade. learn it and discover why the publishing global was once afraid to the touch it.
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AN EXAMPLE OF GENUINE HATE SPEECH This is not the slightest exaggeration. In fact, I can confirm this firsthand. But first, let’s take a look at some real, hardcore, unabashed, hate speech by none other than Rev. 6 Consider this representative sampling of his shocking, venomous words: God hates America! Thank God for IEDs killing American soldiers in strange lands every day. WBC [Westboro Baptist Church] rejoices every time the Lord God in His vengeance kills or maims an American soldier with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
Its work is grounded in the belief that the civil rights agenda benefits the entire country, not just particular interest groups. For the nation to remain strong, we must continue to struggle together to fight bias and invidious discrimination, to promote equality of opportunity in education, employment, and housing, to promote political and economic empowerment and to guarantee equal treatment in the administration of justice. ”57 Joyce A. Ladner’s 2000 article in the Brookings Review (vol. 18, 26-28) was entitled, “A New Civil Rights Agenda: A New Leadership Is Making a Difference,” in which she also speaks of the “Unfinished Civil Rights Agenda,” stating, “Two issues remain on the civil rights agenda.
To repeat: How the tables have turned! JUST THE WAY IT WAS SCRIPTED But this was not the first time I experienced this. In fact, it seems to happen like clockwork, just as Kirk and Madsen (and others) scripted it. At a news conference on February 15th, 2007, as well as in our halfpage ad in the Charlotte Observer announcing our lecture series at the Booth Playhouse, I explicitly stated to the media that no hate speech would be permitted at the lectures, even encouraging the airing of dissenting viewpoints in the 45 minutes that would be devoted each night to open mike Q & A.
A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been by Michael L. Brown