Monday, November 01, 2010
Stop the Hate.It's been so long since I've posted, but most of you know that I've been busy taking care of our new addition, Little Miss Lucy. But the world doesn't stop just because I had a baby, and there are important things that we need to discuss.
Here in Bowling Green tomorrow, residents will be voting to keep two ordinances that prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation, but also gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, HIV status, and physical appearance, among other things. These ordinances have caused quite a stir in our sleepy little town, and it is disheartening to see people are using hate to instill fear and get these ordinances defeated.
This campaign against non-discrimination has overlapped the unfortunate suicides of young people due to bullying, and it all is a painful reminder of how much hate still exists in this country. It makes me terribly sad to think that some day my daughter may face discrimination and intimidation just based on who she could become. I pray that when she's older, gay, lesbian, and transgendered people will find much more acceptance.
ONE Bowling Green has been doing a great job of dispelling myths and rallying support for the ordinances. I'm voting for 7905 and 7906 because I want my daughter to grow up in a city where people can't be discriminated against just because of who they love or how they choose to live.
Several of my Facebook friends posted the following video of the Gay Mens Chorus of LA for the It Gets Better campaign. I found it moving and it inspired me to get off my ass and write a blog post about something I care about. I hope on Wednesday I can wake up and be proud of the city I live in.
Carrie at 11/01/2010
- at 6:15 PM MB said...
How did the voting on the ordinances turn out?
- at 9:49 AM Carrie said...
There's no outcome yet to the propositions. They looked like they were going to get defeated, but a lot of students voted provisionally, so it's pretty close. They still need to count the provisional and absentee ballots. Since it's so close, the outcome will probably be challenged by either side.