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Gay Independence Day

 

By, Dani Langevin, Lesbian Columnist – July, 2012

This month, as we do every July here in America, we celebrate Independence Day. It is on this day over 230 years ago we declared our independence from an unjust government stating that we, as Americans, have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately, in most states this only applies to heterosexual Americans. When will ALL Americans have their independence day? When will there be a gay independence day. We have accomplished a great deal, but we have a long way to go.

On Mother’s day a pastor by the name of Charles Worley gave a sermon advocating for the imprisonment of gays and lesbians in concentration camps. He, this man of God, lectured his ‘flock’ on building two concentration camps surrounded by a fence 50 to 100 miles long. One camp would be for gay men, the other for lesbians. He at least had the decency to mention dropping food into the camps, but pointed out that as time went by the population inside each camp would die because they cannot procreate. I wonder if he considered all the gays and lesbians being born to heterosexual couples outside of the camps. I think not.

History has had its plethora of dynamic gays and lesbians going all the way back to the ancient Greeks and further. Their contributions to every aspect of human life is no less than awe inspiring and yet the gay and lesbian community still has to fight for its independence. Their contributions may not have been due to their sexuality, but despite what they had given to our world they still had to hide the fact that they were homosexual or face persecution as a result.

Alan Turing a British mathematician and computer scientist who is considered the father of computer science and saved a countless number lives during World War II because of his code breaking skills was arrested by the British government when it was discovered he was a homosexual. Turing was subjected to being injected with female hormones to alter his homosexual tendencies. He killed himself at the age of forty-two by ingesting cyanide. A World War II hero arrested because he was gay.

Some of the world’s most outstanding military and government leaders have been gay. Emperor Wu of China was the most important Han ruler. The Emperors Hadrian of Rome and Montezuma II of the Aztec empire were well known for their military accomplishments and expanding their respective empires, both gay men. Alexander the Great, Ieyasu Tokugawa a Japanese Shogun, Peter the Great of Russia, Fredrick the Great of Prussian and even Pope Julius III were all outstanding gay leaders of their time. Let us not forget Chief Crazy Horse who led a war party at the Battle of Little Bighorn against an unjust American government who was trying to destroy the Lakota way of life.

There have been plenty of wonderful lesbians in history, too. Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing. Imagine a life without nurses. I shudder to think of it. Katherine Lee Bates was a poet and songwriter who composed the lyrics to America the Beautiful. Thanks to the efforts of Susan B. Anthony women have the right to vote and it’s only been less than 100 years that we’ve held that right. Billy Jean King, who I had the pleasure to meet a few years back, proved that women can compete on the same stage as men. Most recently, Ellen Degeneres has not only shown that you can be an out lesbian, but you don’t have to be straight to be the spokes person for a major cosmetics company. This barely scratches the surface of outstanding gays and lesbians in history.

I was a closeted lesbian for a very long time. When I finally accepted who I am and came out to my friends, family and colleagues it was amazing what I discovered about myself. I began to write. I felt stronger and more empowered. I became more creative and I became independent. Almost all of these gays and lesbians in history accomplished their goals while hiding their sexuality. They squished it deep down inside into a little box that they and they only held the key to. But, you can’t hide one part of yourself without hiding other parts. It’s like trying to dump one grain of sand out of a bucketful. It’s impossible. Imagine what these people could have done if they had all been out, proud and independent of their constraints placed on them by society.

Now imagine this country had we never declared and fought for our independence. What would America be like had it not became a sovereign nation? It would most likely be a shadow of itself. Every American, every person deserves their freedom and independence from any institution that tries to stifle or deny them of their inalienable rights. I am proud to be a gay American and I deserve an independence day.

 

Dani Langevin

Dani Langevin

Dani Langevin is a teacher and has a Bachelors in Fine Art and Masters in Education. she has written four young adult novels, one of which is self-published.

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  2. Enraged Reply

    April 13, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Oh wow, what a liar you are. Lesbians in a concentration camps? Yeah right, that never happened and you know it. The BS you people spew to get your rights just keeps snowballing. It amazes me what hypocrites you gay people are too. The most oppressed group of people in America ARE adoptees NOT gays. Adoptees are not allowed to know our own family history because we are sold like African American slaves were to infertile couples, now including gays to play a part and serve the damaged ego of those who cannot reproduce. We are still denied our original birth certificates, the names of our own parents, most who were forced to give us away because they were not married. And still are forced to do so by most adoption agencies via sinister social workers. Adoption was started by the most horrid lesbian in history, Georgia Tann. I wonder what your feelings about her are. Gay couples use adoptees as much as straight couples do and ALL of you take away our independence, our rights, our liberty and make the 4th of July nothing less less than a mockery of all of us.

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    April 13, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    *typo:
    make the 4th of July nothing less than a mockery of all of us.

  4. Enraged Reply

    April 13, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    You know I have more to say to you, so I am going to let it all out. Adoptees have been trying for a long time to get the adoption records open. I have suffered terribly from closed adoption for over 40 years. We cannot have updated medical information which can kill us. So many bills we have tried to get passed are blocked by lies and deceptions and outright bigotry. One bigot is Daniel O’Donnell, Rosie O’Donnell’s brother who once in NY said to a group of “birthmothers” protesting for open adoption records he will never let the records get open, never. You know he is a gay man in the government who wants gay marriage legal, yet he discriminates against another group of people? You gays say you want equality, well I tell ya you are equal when it comes to being prejudiced against and abusing single straight mothers and adoptees. So fucking congratulations lady. The birth mother privacy lie started by a gay person, Georgia Tann has kept us down for decades upon decades. The records are closed to us for various reasons. Bigotry to those born out of wedlock, because adoption agency want to keep making billons selling us and most adoptive parents do not want the child they bought to know his or her real parents, and to cover up the crimes committed by the catholic church and other churches and adoption agencies that purposely LIED and put down the wrong birth dates of adoptees so they could never be found by their real families, Against our will I might add and our mothers. No one ever asked adoptees what we want, we were adopted with out giving our permission and are still oppressed every day without giving our permission. Gays not being able to marry is NOTHING compared to closed adoption files and losing our families. At least you gays can still be with the person you want to be with-we can’t. So you lose monetary benefits if you can’t marry, oh boo hoo, money is nothing to lose compared to our entire identities. So many gays are adopting and keeping the circle of abuse towards adoptees and single parents alive and well right now. So excuse me if I have no sympathy for any of you. Cause I don’t.

  5. Enraged Reply

    April 14, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    I meant to say in my first comment that the Holocaust was a horrible, horrible thing and it should not be disgraced by lies. And speaking of lies, there is no bigger lie than amended birth certificates that are given to adoptees. Why they are even legal I do not know, as no legal document is supposed to be falsified but to state on any document that an infertile woman conceived and gave birth to an infant IS A CRIME. A crime that is ignored, This crime is now even worse when gays state on an amended birth certificate that two gay men or two gay women conceived and created a child. Adoptees feel made fun of, disrespected and mocked enough when straight infertile couples do this and now gays are joining in the bastard bashing party. I think gays really need to see that so many of you are the pot calling the kettle black when you adopt. And until you do many adoptees will not support gay rights. Okay, I’m done now. Hope you learned something, although I doubt if you care.

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