Friday, June 4, 2010

LGBT Civil Rights Federal Agenda

Once again President Obama has declared June officially as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Arline Isaacson, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus. Arline is one of the architects of gay marriage in Massachusetts and probably one of the most brilliant LGBT lobbyists in this country. Obama has called upon Americans to "observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists."

When asked about the struggle for LGBT civil rights in this country Isaacson stated, “ I try and have an historic context when I talk to people and to remind them that we feel like we’ve come far but we still have very very far to go. We can’t afford to become complacent. We have to take a look and not let our guard down because if we let our guard down then we’re vulnerable. If we let our guard down then the hard fought rights can in fact be taken away. So we can’t take where we are now for granted on the positive or the negative. If we’re in a good situation like a state that has marriage equality we can’t assume we’re going to keep it unless we are vigilant. And if we’re in a state that doesn’t have it (gay marriage) we can’t assume we’ll never win it. We simply have to be vigilant. Sometimes it’s difficult, people lose, they get tried, they say their lives change. They say they want to do other things but you know what, what could be more important than changing the world for the better? What can be more important than trying to fight for equality for ourselves, our generation and very importantly for the LGBT’s coming after us. For the kids, they need our help, they’re counting on us. This country will be a much better nation when we have equality for the entire LGBT community.”
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