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CNN Debates Whether the Gay Rights Movement is the Same as The Civil Rights Movement: VIDEO


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  1. Why does it matter? Black people deserve to be treated with the same respect and rights as gay people, and all people. Why does it have to be a competition? Why can't we all support each other..and humanity?
    and I say this as a biracial man. I support gay rights and black civil rights and woman's rights, because I support human rights. And common decency.

    Posted by: Jordan | Feb 22, 2013 2:51:37 AM

  2. Yea its easy for privileged white gay men to say its all the same thing. Its not. Check out the blatant racism in the gay community. Men of color are exotic sexual creatures to white gay men. Seriously? The black struggle for civil rights is NOT the same as the gay struggle for marriage equality.

    Posted by: Brian A. | Feb 22, 2013 8:00:25 AM

  3. Gotta love the Tea Party Gal - the party of nothing but obstruction and destruction.

    Posted by: RexT | Feb 22, 2013 5:22:12 PM

  4. @ Brian A, that YOU reduce the entire gay rights struggle to be exclusively about marriage equality just shows how limited your opinions are. How about getting and keeping a job, finding housing, or just not getting the sh*t beat out of you or murdered on the street? Or do you think those problems have been solved? They haven't. How about not having teachers and coaches in public schools stand by and watch while gay kids, or those who are suspected of being gay, are driven to despair and suicide? How about those teachers and coaches not just being silent but actively encouraging it by bringing their religious bullsh*t into public schools?

    Black people don't OWN the Civil Rights movement and suffering isn't a competition. Newsflash: black people didn't deserve rights and freedom BECAUSE OF slavery and Jim Crow. They deserved it because it was justice, our Constitution guaranteed them for ALL. But if suffering did earn a group full rights it's past time for gays to have them. Our history is one told in court documents, of men beaten and hanged for the "crime" of loving other men. Or if they were lucky just put in mental institutions and given shock treatments.

    Are the two struggles identical? No. But like people of other races and genders there have ALWAYS been LGBT people in every civilization and every time period. It's a fact of life. No one owns the movement for human rights and there is no grand champion sufferer before which everyone else must bow.

    Posted by: Caliban | Feb 22, 2013 6:23:31 PM

  5. Certainly not the same.

    AA were fighting for the right to equal pay; the right to access housing; the right to use same restrooms; the right to attend the same schools as white folk; the right to sit at the counter with white folk; and the right to be protected and not to be beaten or killed at will at the hands of others.

    We as gay folk are basically fighting for the right to be protected and get married, and while that is important it is not comparable to the AA experience.

    Posted by: None | Feb 22, 2013 9:35:51 PM

  6. @Caliban: I don't need a lesson on gay history, I know it. I still don't agree with you. White gay men have the privilege of being men and being white.
    My husband and I are both Latinos. We can be discriminated by Whites, whether they're gay or straight. Period.
    @None: EXACTLY. Thank you.

    Posted by: Brian A. | Feb 22, 2013 11:05:40 PM

  7. Brian A. You have far more rights as a Latino than gay people do, and far more privileges too! Heck, illegal Latinos are treated more equally and protected than legal gay citizens. Your homophobia and catholic background are showing dear. Check your own privilege .

    Posted by: Morton | Feb 23, 2013 5:33:22 AM

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