Although the nation as a whole is changing in its views of homosexuality, there are still pockets where homophobia and intolerance run rampant. It is the job of several grass roots organizations to help spread a message of tolerance and respect, and educate people on the fact that everyone deserves equality in the United States.
Just recently the Arizona State Legislature tried to pass a bill that would allow local businesses the right to refuse service to people if those persons violated the business owner’s “religious beliefs.” Basically the bill would have promoted bigotry and intolerance, allowing business owners to legally discriminate against citizens for arbitrary reasons.
One political blogger tried to defend the bill, saying that it was the business owner’s rights as it’s a free country and the business owners are allowed to do whatever they want. The argument seemed logical, but it smelled funny. One commented pointed out that Civil Rights of the state (or nation) had precedence over someone’s opinion.
Clearly the mixing of church and state comes to mind here – what is the nature of civil rights? Some people do not think that human sexuality falls into a category that civil rights protects (and usually those people are of the religious variety). The question is whether or not sexuality is a genetic factor or choice (this question seems archaic these days, but let’s play devil’s advocate). The next question would be whether or not that matters.
The goal for many grassroots organizations is to right intolerance to the best of their ability and to promote human rights in these areas. Generally speaking, change is slow. However these days social media and the internet have seemed to increase the pace at which gay rights have spread, and how societies views as a whole are trending towards total acceptance.
The movement is akin to racial segregation in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Many people link the two together in similarity, however it must be pointed out that racial segregation was a bit more pronounced and violent. However this could be because it is impossible to hide or “pass” if you are an African American, whereas many gays can blend in in their day to day lives.
If you want to support grassroots organizations that are geared towards upholding civil rights but you don’t have the personal time to commit, then you can make a monetary donation instead. This will allow those organizations to continue their cause. We suggest finding out if any of the organizations you want to donate to have a website, and consider donating online using Paypal or another secure system. We also suggest that you do a clean sweep of your computer for any spyware software (you can get great anti-malware software tools online and read reviews at this website) so that you don’t run the risk of any of your data being stolen in the transaction.
Civil rights weren’t always a guarantee in America, and our checkered past is proof of that. We must strive towards our goal each and every day.