It is interesting today watching Obama give a dignified speech at a concentration camp that it made me think of the range of prejudices in the world and about how we focus or certain ones beyond others. One person being interviewed was an American GI detained by the Nazi’s who was Jewish. Thankfully Jews in the US military were not persecuted to any great degree (though some other races were by the US military) but it made me think that of the many groups of people persecuted and killed in the Holocaust, Gypsies, disabled, homosexuals, conscientious objectors, millions of Poles, Jews, this list sadly goes on, that of that list Homosexuals were also persecuted by the military of the allies and to this day are still persecuted legally in many of our communities, just look at prop 8 here in California.
I once had a room-mate who was gay and responded when looking at part of my documentary about the American Indians by saying off hand, “nobody has had it worse than the gays” now I was struck by the statement as it grabbed me part of a persecution complex that he had. But it did make me think. Of all the things people were treated badly over, or persecuted, or massacred over etc being gay is one that many countries (eg: the UK till the late sixties) where you could be sent to jail just for being who you are.
Gay rights must always be at the heart of our Civil Rights policy as equality means equality.
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