My Gay Agenda

"my" gay agendaI’ve been gay for quite a long time now, but still haven’t received my copy of “The Gay Agenda”, an oversight I’m sure, by uh, ummm, uh, hmmm… who are these great gay leaders who have set The Gay Agenda?

I know, I know, I know… there is no “Gay Agenda”, it’s just a term made up by groups who wish to scare their members and anyone else they can snag, into opposing gay rights. It is often portrayed as a “war” on various aspects of their way of life – you know, like our desire to destroy their marriages… NOT! ┬áTo be honest, it’s just hard for me to imagine people buying into that… maybe that’s why they sometimes put the word “hidden” in front of “gay agenda”.

Of course there are gay rights activists and there are numerous organizations that do work to promote the rights of the LGBT community and if any of them have set something called “The Gay Agenda”, it was surely named with tongue-in-cheek. Every organization that exists has some mission or purpose, not just the gay ones. The Human Rights Campaign for instance, has this mission:

By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs. HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other LGBT organizations.

I guess there must be some who think this is evil or perhaps they think the evil is in the “hidden” agenda. Let me just say that it must be VERY well hidden, because I have sent money to the HRC from time to time, and have never received the “hidden gay agenda” from them, so I am forced to believe their publicly stated mission and actions.

If I had my own gay agenda, it would need to be subject to change at a moment’s notice. At this moment, here is what I would include:

  • to win hearts and minds one person at a time by being all that is me, beyond and including my identity as gay
  • to continue to stretch myself to live even more openly
  • to stay abreast of issues affecting the LGBT community, participate when inspired to do so and not let it get me down
  • to be supportive of all members of the LGBT community, no matter how different they are from me
  • to be tolerant and patient with kind-spirited people who may not share my beliefs

Tomorrow, I think I’ll write about my “Gay Wishes”!

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