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  •  does that then mean (3+ / 0-)

    that anyone who is not LGBT should just not have any contribution to any discussion that touches on sexual orientation?  This is a popular position, and there is a shockingly huge gap between that and making public policy about how anyone lives their lives.

    In fact,  sometimes people have wise things to say without regards to who they are.

    •  It does not, and within the context of increasing (2+ / 0-)
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      Dave in Northridge, arizonablue

      civil rights for LGBT persons who in a a near majority of states can still be fired from their jobs for simply being who they are, straight people are indeed making public policy about how I should live MY life. That is unacceptable. It is also abhorrent.

      I welcome allies to write on gay rights issues. But I also welcome them to understand that they have a highly privileged position in our country, they just can't get it until they have experienced it.

      Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

      by commonmass on Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 09:10:49 PM PST

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      •  Perhaps you should frame it differently (3+ / 0-)

        There are those without equal treatment under the law of all, which many find unacceptable.  Is it so abhorrent that many of those who feel that way are, in fact, straight?

        It is not uncommon for some to welcome allies,so long as they know their place.

        I don't mean to sound hostile, since I really don't feel that way, but I do observe this dynamic.  No need to defend it to me, really.  I'm your ally no matter what your sense of me is, simply because it is unacceptable to me that such injustice persists where I have any small shred of power exists.  I take that position knowing full well that there are significant numbers of people whose rights I would defend who in fact hate me for who I am or at minimum view me as a second class person.  No matter, really, to me, largely because I'm in a position where I don't need to deal with it (which is a luxury to be sure).  What matters is that there be justice.

        And to be perfectly honest, there are few here I'd have this conversation with.  I hope you know I have tremendous respect for you!

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