Friday, February 4, 2011

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is not a choice!

In many of our conversations with average Kentuckians, some maintain sexual orientation and gender identity should not be protected under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act because they believe sexual orientation or gender identity is a choice.  It is not, people are born lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender according to the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, the United Nations World Health Organization, and countless other accredited associations and organizations.

People have been born lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender since the beginning of humanity.  They are not mistakes, and parents did nothing wrong.  I don't blame my straight parents that I was born gay; I have always been gay, even as a child.  My siblings are heterosexual. 

In Kentucky, sexual orientation and gender identity are not protected by law yet religion and smoking are. How is this possible?  If you actually believe sexual orientation and gender identity are choices, so is smoking and religion which are both protected by the Kentucky Civil Rights Act.

Why should smoking and religion be protected (clearly, a choice) under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act, and not sexual orientation and gender identity? 

Act now!  Sign the petition to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Kentucky Civil Rights Act!

When we allow our governments to discrimination against a specific group of people, we are all damaged; it opens the door to additional government repression.  It impacts every single person in Kentucky and the United States.

Have we not been through the Black Civil Rights Movement, and the Women's Civil Rights Movement?

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