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LGBT Community Invisible

LGBT Community Invisible Again?—Carl Matthes

While the biggest issues of recent debates have been the size of candidate’s hands and whose pants are on fire, hardly mentioned, in many of the debates, are LGBT issues. Partly to blame is that our hot-button items, the hate-filled Defense of Marriage Act and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, have been gutted and buried. And, there are overriding issues: racism, guns, women’s health, terrorism, immigration, the Supreme Court vacancy and Wall Street.

While the biggest issues of recent debates have been the size of candidate’s hands and whose pants are on fire, hardly mentioned, in many of the debates, are LGBT issues.

Does that mean we must now become invisible again? Not quite!

Bringing trans issues forward, reality TV personality Caitlyn Jenner offered to be “trans ambassador” to the United States for Ted Cruz, calling Cruz a “great constitutionalist.” She would counsel him by saying, “Ted, love what you’re doing but here’s what’s going on.'”

According to the LGBT magazine Advocate, reaction to Jenner’s support for Cruz has been “muted.” Tweeted Chely Wright, the first country music star to come out as gay, “Doing my best to not send tweets to a woman I respect for her courage, but dang it, @Caitlyn_Jenner you’re killing me with Cruz support!”

Cruz is well known for his opposition to all LGBT human and civil rights including his latest remark that he supports “inflicting transgender students on teachers by allowing them to use a faculty restroom in line with their gender identity was better than having them share a bathroom with other students.”

And why is Jenner enamored with Cruz? Surely it wasn’t Cruz’s saying that he “...would leave the question of marriage to the states...leave the question of adoption to the states. That’s the way it has been...until five unelected judges in an illegitimate and wrong decision decided to seize the authority over marriage and wrongfully tear down the marriage laws of all 50 states”? Then Cruz went even further saying, “I will never compromise away your religious liberty.”

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“Religious liberty?” Code for discrimination as couched in the question, “Do gay-marriage dissenters have rights?” Do businesses have the right to refuse those who “offend” their religious beliefs, as in, “I want a cake for my gay wedding reception” or, “I want that wedding dress for my husband?”

Cruz? Really? I think reality star Jenner needs a dose of reality!

And the other Republican candidates?

John Kasich: “If customers ask you to participate in something you really don’t like, that’s a whole ’nother issue.” He encouraged customers to be “tolerant” if they’re turned away, saying, “If you go to a photographer to take pictures at your wedding, and he says, I’d rather not do it, find another photographer, don’t sue them in court.”

Marco Rubio will: Defend traditional American values and the value of (straight) marriage. Create a new $2,500 per child tax credit for (straight) working parents. Encourage paid leave for new (straight) parents, caretakers of ailing loved ones, seriously ill employees and military families.

Ted Cruz further believes that: Life, (straight) marriage and family are the fundamental building blocks of society. Marriage is a sacrament between one man and one woman and will instruct his Attorney General to investigate Planned Parenthood on day one.

Candidate Trump has been a consistent opponent of marriage equality. When asked on Fox News if he might appoint justices to overrule the decision on same-sex marriage, Trump said, “I would strongly consider that, yes.” And, while he once said he supported protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in the workplace by adding sexual orientation to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he recently expressed support for the “First Amendment Defense Act” (FADA) which would expose LGBT people to more discrimination.

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Well, everyone, fasten your seatbelts, the fight for LGBT rights is not over. We will not become invisible again!

Carl Matthes