LGBT Pride Month and the dangerous precedent it sets


By order of the President of the United States, June will now serve as the stage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Pride Month. I can already see the storm brewing on the talk radio and television news media front. Pseudo-conservative and liberal blustering ahoy! For my own sanity, I will ignore them and attempt to provide some analysis that isn’t tailored toward a soundbite driven audience.

This proclamation, from most reasonable perspectives, sets a dangerous precedent.  Take a look at the language used in in the press release.

“LGBT Americans have made, and continue to make, great and lasting contributions that continue to strengthen the fabric of American society. There are many well-respected LGBT leaders in all professional fields, including the arts and business communities. LGBT Americans also mobilized the Nation to respond to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have played a vital role in broadening this country’s response to the HIV pandemic.”

As this individual points out, while the accomplishments of LGBT oriented people are mentioned, this is not the focus of this proclamation. Rather, it is what they simply are that is taking center stage here. These respected leaders are as such because of their expertise in their respective fields. Their skills did not come from their sexual orientation, nor did their skills define who they are and are not attracted to.

Being gay, bicurious, or “born the wrong gender” is, in and of itself, nothing to be celebrated. In a functioning society, the most celebrated among us cannot be career participants or spectators within it. That, plain and simple, is what this proclamation is contradicting.

Personally, if I were an accomplished individual in my profession and also happened to be gay, I would much rather be defined by the goals I reached. Homosexuality is not an accomplishment. Being truly exceptional is.


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