LGBT Pride Month

It is well-known that President Obama is seeking in many ways to recapitulate President Lincoln.  In 1863 President Lincoln issued his famous Thanksgiving proclamation, a major milestone in our current celebration of that holiday.  Since a proclamation setting apart a day to offer thanks to God was already taken, therefore, President Obama apparently decided that the next best thing would be to issue a proclamation naming June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.  Lincoln would be so proud. 

There are three interesting observations I have on this proclamation:

(1) Did you notice that Obama never mentioned gay marriage?  He mentioned civil unions, but according to most gay rights activists that is a distinction that preserves discrimination by prohibiting them from the exact same legal relationship recognized among heterosexuals.  If they can’t get “married,” then they will forever be second-class citizens, so they argue.  Apparently, Obama disagrees.  Furthermore, he has taken the same position on this issue that Miss California famously did, and she was crucified by the gay lobby for it.  Why won’t they accuse President Obama of hate as well?

(2) It is clear from the proclamation that Obama sees this as a civil rights issue.  What is so interesting about that is that most African Americans disagree.  Most African Americans oppose the gay rights movement and resent the fact that the LGBT community is cheapening their struggle with this kind of false comparison.  Skin color and sexual behavior are totally different categories. 

(3) As part of his strategy to ensure full equality for LGBT Americans, one of the measures to which President Obama is committed is given as follows:  “We must also commit ourselves to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the number of HIV infections and providing care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS across the United States.”  Now, I have been told my whole life by liberal propagandists that HIV/AIDS is in no way uniquely prominent in the gay community.  I have been given the impression that if I somehow link HIV/AIDS to homosexuality, I am committing a thought crime.  And yet here, in the very proclamation that is endorsing LGBT pride, the President explicitly links HIV/AIDS to the gay lifestyle. 

And he is right to do so.  AIDS is transmitted among gay men much more frequently than it is among other groups.  But political correctness generally prohibits us from acknowledging that fact.  Here again, the President unwittingly lends his support to a conservative viewpoint that LGBT activists would normally call ignorance or hate speech.  It’s really quite ironic.

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