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  • swogdog

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    May 30, 2009 11:49 PM GMT
    After hearing complaints from my conservative Christian family about gays demanding EXTRA rights and protections above and beyond the rights of "normal" folks, my roommate and I put something together and emailed it out to all the family and friends we could think of, including the conservatives in the bunch. Believe it or not, some of the hardest critics in my family had no clue about the kind of inequalities that exist... and now understand a bit better. As of December the facts below were accurate as far as we know.


    Did you know… ?

    Did you know the most qualified applicant can be rejected for a job in 30 states solely because he's gay, and the employer won't get in trouble because it's not illegal?

    Did you know a young woman can be kicked out of her apartment in 38 states just because she's gay, and the landlord isn't breaking any law?

    Did you know a straight couple that's been together for 20 years qualifies for 1,138 more federal benefits than a gay couple that's been together for 20 years, because only the straight couple is allowed to get married?

    Did you know a service woman fluent in Arabic who works on translating enemy plans can be discharged from the U.S. Army for saying that she's a bisexual?

    Did you know if a straight man picks a foreign bride out of a catalog and marries her, his bride is eligible for American citizenship, but if a gay man travels to Canada, falls in love and marries a man, back in America his husband is eligible for deportation?

    Did you know 5 homosexuals were killed in the U.S. in 2007 by people who hated them merely because they were gay?

    Did you know if more people knew the facts, we might be able to end inequality? Please pass it on…
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    May 31, 2009 2:56 AM GMT
    Thanks for putting this togther. I thought I was pretty informed about matters gay, but still shocked at this list.
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    May 31, 2009 3:07 AM GMT
    swogdog saidDid you know 5 homosexuals were killed in the U.S. in 2007 by people who hated them merely because they were gay?

    Only 5? Not that even 5 isn't terrible, but I would have thought it was more.
  • swogdog

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    May 31, 2009 3:30 AM GMT
    According to the FBI 1,460 hate crimes of various types were committed against homosexuals in 2007. Five were killed. And, I'm going to hazard a guess that more were killed for their homosexuality than the FBI is able to prove.
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    May 31, 2009 5:52 AM GMT
    Thanks Swogdog! I am glad you and the roommate did this. While we are polarized on the mainstage with gay marriage, these little known state and city statutes are where we should also concentrate on overturning.
  • DCEric

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    May 31, 2009 2:05 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa said
    swogdog saidDid you know 5 homosexuals were killed in the U.S. in 2007 by people who hated them merely because they were gay?

    Only 5? Not that even 5 isn't terrible, but I would have thought it was more.


    This.
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    Jun 01, 2009 1:45 AM GMT
    DCEric said
    Red_Vespa said
    swogdog saidDid you know 5 homosexuals were killed in the U.S. in 2007 by people who hated them merely because they were gay?

    Only 5? Not that even 5 isn't terrible, but I would have thought it was more.


    This.


    I think he's only counting deaths, and it's only a single year. The numbers increase significantly once you include serious bodily harm, minor injuries, and harassment. Not to mention, very few victims of gaybashing actually ever report the last two crimes because the cops don't give a shit anyway.
  • DCEric

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    Jun 01, 2009 1:53 AM GMT
    Sed: I'm still shocked that reported deaths are so low. I really expected it would be higher.

    /Crime reports against almost all minorities in the US are believed to be suppressed, although not as bad as Europe for racial and religious minorities.