Posts Tagged ‘Equality’

Recently, I wrote an article for one of my classes about the current status of the healthcare system for homosexuals in Kentucky. It wasn’t until I began my research that I realized just how bad the situation is in the state I call home.

Healthcare has never been something I’ve found much interest in, but after doing a little bit of research on the subject, I could not wrap my mind around the situation.

Kentucky Law states that in order for a person to make decisions on behalf of their incompacitated same-sex partner, they have a written consent notarized with at least two witnesses present. I even found, in severe cases, a person may not even be able to visit their same-sex partner. And, bascially, a bunch of other narrow-minded, ridiculous rules that our government refuses to change.

Some of the things I read and found were quite disturbing. It’s bad enough to have someone you love with all of your heart and soul dying, but to not even be able to sit by the side…quite possibly one of the most disgusting, inhumane things you could possibly do to another human being.

Fortunately, the doctor’s office employees I interviewed for my article gave a little hope to society as a whole. They had a lot to say about the topic and seemed very passionate about equality. But this is just one in millions of offices across the country.

Some states do have LGBT-specific healthcare clinics. But there are only 13 of these across the entire country. How are the estimated 1 million people who identify as LGBT supposed to fit into 13 doctor’s offices?

What our country needs are leaders who will make equality happen. Not tomorrow, or in a few days…but NOW! In politics, in classrooms, and even in doctor’s offices.

Currently, there are six states that have legalized gay marriage. Some states even allow same-sex unions. But a large portion of the U.S. does not allow same-sex marriages or civil unions, and chooses not to recognize same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.

New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia are the only states that allow gay marriage.

Though the Human Rights Campaign and other organizations that support marriage equality are putting forth their best efforts toward the cause, many states, particularly in the southern and midwest regions of the country, completely ban same-sex commitment ceremonies.

Now that you have been informed on the current status, I’d like to continue by saying this: WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?

Our country gone so far off track we cannot even allow people to show love toward one another. We are “supposedly” the country of freedom and liberty, but we still treat the people who live here with discrimination and hold them to standards that should have long-since died out.

We our in a fast-paced, constantly changing society. The fact is, some people need to accept that it’s no longer 1776. We have worked hard to get where we are as a country that others can look up to.

If two people that love each want to share that love with the rest of the world, who are we, as a country, to stop them?

Many people use the argument of maintaining the traditional values of marriage or the sanctity of the institution. The last time I checked, most people back in the “good ‘ole days” only married because they HAD to, not because they wanted to.

Marriage is the concept of a life-long commitment to another person, and if two people of the same sex want to spend the rest of their lives together, we have no right to deny them of that.

The bottom line is this: love is love. Whether it be the love between a mother and child, the love between two siblings or the love between a man and man…a woman and a woman…or a man and a woman.

“It’s National Coming Out Day! I am coming out for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.”

If you, like myself, were among millions who shared their facebook or twitter status to the Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Day, you are not unfamiliar to the message.

Many people who see this yearly message simply roll their eyes and move on.  These are the people who cannot even begin to understand what coming out as gay, lesbian, bixsexual or transgender truly signifies.  Some of these people even see coming out as a joke.

The bottom line is this:  there’s no easy way to come out of the closet. Many gays and lesbians even say it’s the most difficult thing they have ever done in their lives. It most of the time it’s met with judgment, rejection and, in many cases, hatred.

This is why so many homosexuals remain closeted throughout the majority of their lives. They are simply afraid of what kinds of reactions they might get from family, friends and co-workers. But, how could you live a normal, healthy life if you were lying to these people every day? The fear of coming out causes many homosexuals to cut themselves from the rest of the world and deny themselves for who they truly are just because some of society tells us that it’s not acceptable.

This is why coming out is important. Whether you’re gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, gender-queer, or even if you’re just a straight ally. National Coming Out Day is not about annoying people who see homosexuality as wrong…it’s about letting those who are afraid to come know know their not alone and about giving them the courage to stand up for who they are and what they believe.

So for those people, I’m saying this:

My name is Kyle Shane Woosley and I am coming out for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. I’m not afraid to stand up or speak out for who I am and what I believe in. My goal is advocate equality for all people and provide comfort to those who need it.