I started writing my sociology paper last night, six pages due the 30th, and a third of the way through I’m having a hard time staying motivated to finish it. I’m afraid, in light of yesterday’s events in California, I may go off on a tangent and miss the point of what I’m supposed to be writing about.
My professor really needs to find a textbook from this decade and use more current materials. The video I have to summarize and give an analytical response on is from 2002, and although it was a pivotal moment for gay parenting and uncovering the broken foster care system of Florida, it’s frustrating to report on a program full of old news knowing that so much has changed.
On the flip side, it’s also exciting since the textbook was updated and published in 2009 and now it’s behind the times. We no longer have don’t ask don’t tell, DOMA is dead, prop 8 has been overturned in California, children in Florida can be adopted by gay families, and much of the USA is one step closer to equal rights for everyone.
“The meanings we we associate with same-sex relations are learned from society-from family, peers, religion, and the media.” -Understanding Social Problems, ch 11
I am thankful to live in California surrounded by all varieties of people; a melting pot of nationalities, backgrounds and beliefs. In my little world we all get along and embrace our differences and support each other during the good times and the bad. Lots of sweat, blood and tears in just the past hundred years have made it easier for the rest of us to keep moving forward towards monumental moments like the one we had yesterday.
Gay, lesbian and bisexual people have been labeled in the past primarily by what they do in the bedroom instead of some other significant social status. It saddens me that there are hetero-sexists in the world who think being gay, lesbian or bisexual is a negative thing therefore using gay, lesbian and bisexual as derogatory terms. I am proud to live in a time when homosexual people can be less afraid of coming out and can proudly say to the world, “I am gay!”
We are closer to being all we, as individuals, can be and not what society allows us to be.
I am so many things in my life; wife, mom, creative mind, friend…the list is really long. I am allowed to officially be any of those things and now all of my friends have the same unlimited list of opportunities. Finally.
Photo taken by my favorite Author-guy Christopher Moore
of Coit Tower lit up rainbow-style in the City by the bay on June 26, 2013