Posted by: londynbridges | October 28, 2009

Are Gay Rights the same as Civil Rights?

Are they really the same thing?

Today, President Barack Obama added any attacks aganist gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender person a hate crime, being the first major piece of legislation for gays in U.S. history.

“We must stand against crimes that are meant not only to break bones but to break spirits. No one in America should ever be afraid to walk down the street holding the hands of the person they love,” says Obama, who is also pushing Congress to repeal the, “Don’t ask don’t tell policy,” which prohibits being openly gay while serving in the U.S. Military. 

The amendment signed into law Wednesday was named partly for Matthew Shepard , a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming who died after a 1998 beating targeting him because he was gay, and whose parents were instrumental in leading the fight for such legislation. The law also was named for James Byrd Jr. , a black Texas man dragged to his death in a racially motivated killing the same year. 

One thing that catches my attention however is that they are comparing the gay rights movement to the 1964 Civil Rights Movement. Do you think they should be put in the same category?



  1. it would be ready silly to try to separate human rights and civil rights. It doesn’t matter how you name it. What matters is – we are all the same – blacks, whites, Indians, Americans, Europeans, gays, lesbians, transgenders, women, and men. We are all the same – human beings, and we deserve same rights and it is our right to be protected by the law equally

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