Today is National Coming Out Day. Tomorrow (October 12th) the UK celebrate it. But today it's celebrated in the rest of the world.
I'm proud to be a bisexual woman but not so proud of the fact that I live in a world that still refuses to give gay people equal rights.
Homosexuality and bisexuality is as natural as heterosexuality . Why should two men or two women not be allowed to marry? It is not a dangerous environment. Open your eyes.
Here in the UK, two people of the same sex are allowed to enter into a 'civil partnership' which gives the individuals pretty much the same legal rights as those in a marriage. This is great. It's fabulous. People can celebrate their love.
But if they have the same rights and responsibilities as a hetero couple, why not call it a marriage? Why can't it just be a wedding and a marriage and be called exactly the same thing?
Same-sex adoption is currently legal in these countries:
- the Netherlands
- South Africa
- the UK
Only 14 states in the USA support it. And one territory and state in Australia (ACT & WA).
In Germany, Finland, Greenland, Israel, and the Australian state of Tasmania, "stepchild-adoption" is permitted, so that the partner in a civil union can adopt the natural (or sometimes even adopted) child of his or her partner.
I hope that 2010 sees a better awareness of the importance of gay rights. It is not a disease. It is not a sin.
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Posted by Ceri at 17:06