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My News-Gazette Letter to the Editor for *Love Takes Over!*

I sent it last week, and it finally got published today! My letter to the editor on LGBT Equality is in today's News Gazette. Check it out here!

"In 44 states, we have created a two-tiered citizenship system – the Americans
who get all of the rights and benefits guaranteed in the Constitution, and the
second class citizens. Though they are consenting adult law-abiding citizens,
they may not choose whom they marry, are denied the rights and responsibilities
of marriage, pay more taxes and penalties, have no right to see their spouses in
the hospital or make end-of-life decisions for them, and are also often fired
from their jobs – not for performance – but because of their employers' personal

Gay and lesbian Americans are Americans, but aren't treated as
such by the country they love and sacrifice for. LGBT – lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgendered – youth, in their hopelessness brought on by callous disregard
and harassment by others around them, grow up in a dark place where they feel
unloved. Maybe that's why 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT and why
LGBT youth are four times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual

Everyone's personal faith and beliefs must be respected.
That's what makes America great. However, please show compassion for people who
are different, and remember that what also makes America great is her promise to
her citizens to try to make liberty a reality for all. This year, regardless of
your personal beliefs, support extending the full benefits of being American to
all our neighbors, and show love for all.


Check out more letters to the editor for love at the Love Takes Over blog!


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-HEY #p2! (Progressives).

We can't do this alone.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans have been fighting for over half a Century to have basic Civil Rights. We have so much to do, and we are such a small group. Without an army of Progressive allies, we can't win. Our rights as American citizens are constantly being compromised, despite life-time service to our nation as good, contributing citizens. We can't wait any longer. We need our Progressive allies to step up and go to bat for us TODAY.

We must demand Progressives have got to make LGBT rights a top priority in 2010, or we will keep being put on the back-burner.

There will ALWAYS be something more important than LGBT equality affecting America--issues like Health Care Reform and the Economy effect LGBT people too! However, when we are discriminated against under the law every single day, we can't give our all to fixing these problems. We are long overdue to be counted as equal citizens. That&#…