Tag Archive | Human Rights

Victoria Jackson’s new low or WTF

victoriaI understand that one can be pro-life. I understand that one can be anti-gay. I even understand that one can be against same-sex marriage. But this?

I would love to believe that even Christians and other religious people are shaking their heads in disbelief.

Those are children and their families we are talking about. Not abortions and not a woman’s right to choose.

In my world, children have a future. In my world children grow up and make this world a better place to live in. In my world, you do not look at their color, their upbringing, their family, their parent’s faults or religious beliefs.

In my world, you do not even think about what will turn out of this kid when he or she grows up. It is a child – an innocent child with a huge potential to have a great and fulfilling life.

A comparison to Abortion is not just wrong but also shows Victoria’s inability for compassion.

An Open Letter To Ann Coulter

I just have to reblog this.

The World of Special Olympics

The following is a guest post in the form of an open letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to Ann Coulter after this tweet during last night’s Presidential debate.

Dear Ann Coulter,

Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow.  So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?

I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow.  I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you.  In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.

I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child…

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The only disability in life is a bad attitude

Nic Vujicic

Before you get all puffed up and give me a lecture on people with disabilities and call me ignorant, let’s take a look at what the disability is:

“…Disability is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions…”

Doesn’t that sound interesting?  What this definition means is that there are two kind of people :

– people who have two arms, two legs, vision, hearing, and thinking that allows them to perform duties that somehow benefit the society

– and then there are people who are missing something and can’t do things to make my or somebody else’s life better.

In other words, disability is a term that is invented by egotistical self-centered people who are so absorbed with their own well-being that everybody else who can’t do things and contribute to make this well oiled “life machine” work for everybody equally is considered disabled.

This whole world is built around 80% of society with arms, legs, eyes, ears, ability to count, write papers, cook and clean, and build buildings. In other words, we are all able but not all of us are capable to do all of the jobs but we are still considered “NORMAL”. And then there is this other part of the society that is slower, that maybe can’t  use both hands or legs or can’t do math, or is somehow not functioning like majority and that is called disability.

However, my dear friend, is that really a disability just because they can’t contribute and participate in this conveyor of life? Do we have to look at them with pity and treat them like they are less of something, like they are less of a human being, like they can’t enjoy life like everybody else?

The truth is, they are not disabled, they are differently- abled. They are perfect the way they are, they are unique, they have their own ability, their own uniqueness, their own purpose in this life. Yes, maybe somebody needs to work to give them the ability to live among us, ant colony, just because we are so rigid in our thinking that we do not embrace every aspect of human existence.

If we would build this world not catering to majority but build it for everybody and embrace uniqueness, then there would not be any disabilities, there would be just abilities and walking breathing geniuses.

We make these people feel like they are less, we make them feel like there is something wrong with them. We treat them like a burden, we feel sorry for them because they are not like us. But does that really mean that we are these superior beings to be compared to?

It just really makes me mad when we create labels, judge people, categorize, make them feel different and less able when it actually is us who are narrow-minded, stuck and disabled as we can’t even think for ourselves.

Oscar Pistorius

So, back to my point, there is no disability, there is just a bad attitude. Look at paralympians. Can you do what they do?
Not that they play hockey without legs, play basketball in a wheelchair, run while totally blind, ski down the hill on one leg, and swim without extremities. Who the hell is disabled? I can’t even swim with both arms and legs. I can’t play hockey and God forbid to let me go down the hill on skis. Those people learned to adjust to OUR world that we created egotistically thinking only about the majority of this society and in addition to that we then labeled everyone else – disabled.

I am ashamed of myself and I am ashamed of human beings that I live among.

The Gay Agenda

Don’t you think that it is time to finally talk about THE Gay Agenda? The truth has to be told and should be screamed out laud. It’s time to step up and just spill the beans. So here it goes:

– get up early enough to make to work on time
– to pay bills on time
– not forget people’s birthdays and anniversaries
– do laundry ( you do not want to stink, do you?)
– have a shopping list. You do not want to stand in the middle of the store and look like an idiot because you forgot what you need
– do the chores ( oh man, vacuuming  and dusting can be a bitch)
– record Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal minds
– go on hikes and bring gaiters (the world will drown in sorrow without gaiters)
– talk about Lady Gaga and her crazy outfits ( the puppet thing was awesome but it would not look good on me)
– follow your dreams
– make this world a better place to live in for everybody
– talk or not talk about equality and human rights vs religious freedom

And finally, you should really start paying attention as this is it, this is the proof for world domination and heterosexual marriage destruction you have been looking for:

– Find somebody to love and live happily ever after with kids or without kids and not give a damn what other people choose to do with their lives.
– Find a job that makes your heart skip a beat
– Respect people and their differences
– have all kinds of friends (straight, gay, black, white, yellow, brown, old, young, weird, awesome, religious, atheists, confused, and etc), be proud of every one of them, and cherish their friendship
– Stand up for those who can’t
– do your best to do the right thing

Canada gay marriages “not legal,” Ottawa argues

Photo by David Beck

“Thousands of gay marriages performed in Canada for same-sex couples who traveled to the country to get married may not be legal.

The Canadian government is arguing in a Toronto court case that non-residents who were wed in Canada are only considered married if gay marriage is also legal in their home country or state, The Globe and Mail reported.

This statement from the Canadian government hurts and it is quiet offensive as those are people’s lives, their dignity, and basic human rights we are talking about.

The reason somebody would travel to get married is – they can’t do it in their own country and Canada has always been more progressive, supportive, and forthcoming than some other countries.

I think this could open a can of worms as that would mean that people from different casts, classes or religions or nationalities that have come to Canada from a country that doesn’t allow them to get married will not be able to be legally married. For example, Marriage between a Jew and non-Jew is not legally permitted in Israel. Does that mean that every Jew who married a non Jew in Canada is not married?

Two people should be allowed to get married in a country that allows that by Law even if their own countries do not permit that as it is the foundation of freedom, equality, and justice. Those are basic human rights.

I am married to an American. Neither my country nor my partner’s country support same-sex marriage. Yes, there are states that allow same-sex marriage in US but it is just a State. Same-sex marriage is not legal on a Federal Level. An American can’t marry a foreigner and sponsor them for a green card or a citizenship.

I am a Canadian permanent resident but I am still a citizen of Latvia. Same-sex marriage is not legal in US or Latvia. We got married in Canada before we moved here. Does that mean that my marriage is not legal? Are you saying that 6 years of my “so called” marriage I lived a lie? Are you saying that I am a less of a human being who deserves to love and be loved, and deserves to commit myself to my partner by making it official?

I will repeat myself but this is what it is – I am a human being, I love the same way as everybody else, I cry the same way, I work, I pay taxes, and all I want is – to be treated like everyone else, abide same laws, respect, and be respected by the country I live in or choose to call home.

I am ashamed of Canadian government for making this statement!

Update:

[Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said that a “legislative gap” that caused the confusion will be closed.

“The confusion and pain resulting from this gap is completely unfair to those who are affected,” Mr. Nicholson said. “I want to make it clear that, in my government’s view, those marriages should be valid.”]

The Invisible Ones

The other day I was walking on the street wondering about random things that were catching my eye. I stopped by a traffic light waiting for it to turn green when I noticed this older gentleman driving his car as carefully as he could. Right behind him a young stud in his BMW honking, pressing on his brakes, speeding up, slowing down, and obviously cussing. What a jerk, I thought to myself.

This episode of bad attitude reminded me of a few things that we take for granted in this life without questioning, without making an effort to pay attention, without empathy, without knowing.

What I am talking about are the invisible people. Not necessary people that are invisible but people whom we make invisible by choosing not to noticed, acknowledge or just flat out ignore.

Blogging for LGBT Family Day

My Family

I committed to blog about LGBT families on LGBT Families Day but realized that I needed to look a bit deeper into myself to be able to.

What is it that makes someone ‘family’? Does it have to be a biological connection or there is something more to that?

I sat down and made a list of every single person that I cared about including friends, biological family and neat people I had met throughout my life (physically and virtually).

The realization that I came to was: Families may be based on different kinds of relationships but they have one thing in common – they provide a sense of belonging. Your family is made up of the people you care about and the people who care about you. Family might be biologically related to you or not related to you at all. Sometimes family members will not know each other and they might be scattered all across the world, and sometimes some of them don’t actually know that you consider them to be your family.

Family can consist of people that you know and it can be a community that you feel related to. Family gives identity and provides support and security.

For some time I identified myself as a part of LGBT community and felt like it was something like a club that you belong to but now I see LGBT community as my family. I might not know all of them and might not agree with their choices, their lifestyle, and their behaviour but around them I feel like I am home, I feel like I belong and it is a feeling that I had been seeking for years.

I would like to repeat those words –

Family gives identity and provides support and security

Family and it’s values shapes your life and shapes the way you view the world and that means that you have to carefully choose your family members –those people whom you want to have close relationships with. People who will inspire you to do great things with your life, who will stand by you and watch you make your own mistakes, and will be there to catch you if you fall.

For more than 20 years of my life I had a family but I did not have a family if you know what I mean. Biologically I was related to a few people but I never felt like I belonged and never felt safe around them to be able to be vulnerable or be myself.

Not that I left my family behind, I left my country and never looked back. Somewhere deep inside I felt that I would find deeper connections and would be able to build a new life. And guess what, I did meet people who changed my life and I did find my family. I have wonderful LGBT and straight friends and I finally feel like I belong.

 Thanks to everyone I know for being my family….

HR 3 or proving rape to IRS

I have always tried to stay out of politics but this has gone way too far to keep my mouth shut.

Are some people losing their minds in US? To introduce a bill that will force sexual-assault survivors who choose abortion care to prove the assault occurred to the Internal Revenue Service? Are you serious? It’s beyond horrifying.

Excuse me but I have hard time believing that democracy, equal right and free country goes together with taking rights away from women and telling them what they can or can’t do with their bodies especially if we are talking about rape, incest, sexual assault and etc.

What’s next – anti choice approach for women with breast or ovarian cancers?

I do not live in US but I would encourage every woman and man who cares about freedom to choose – call, email, write, protest…This is going way too far to sit back and watch how some people try to enforce their beliefs and take freedom and choice away from others.

http://www.naral.org/

1. “GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits,” Mother Jones, March 18, 2011 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=207116&id=27198-6738248-c7zeJ7x&t=3

2. “Oppose the Dangerous and Misleading ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,'” National Women’s Law Center, February 4, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=207136&id=27198-6738248-c7zeJ7x&t=4

Binational Couples Torn Apart – DOMA

I would like to talk a bit about DOMA (defence of marriage act) that is one of the major obstacles in preventing married bi national couples from being together in US. It is a painful topic for me as this is the reason me and my better half are in Canada. Don’t get me wrong, we both love Canada and consider it home. However, the knowledge that my partner is considered a second class citizen in her own country is a bit too much to bear.
What do you do if you fall in love with a person you are not supposed to? Isn’t US government trying to tell you whom to fall in love to and whom you are allowed to love?
What happens if you fall in love with somebody who is not an American? Are you obligated to love people from your own country? What right does the government have to define love?

I just want to ask any straight person, how would you feel if somebody would tell you that you do not have an option to be with the person you love? How would you feel if somebody would tell you that you do not have the right to love?

It rips my heart apart to know that my partner had to choose between me and her family. It hurts to know that my partner’s country turned back on her and made her choose between the country she loves and the person she loves. It hurts to know that she had to move to Canada and leave everything she loved behind just to feel what it means to be accepted for who you are and live your life according to your heart.
I say – shame on you the United States of America who considers itself a democratic country where everybody has rights and freedom.

The Freedom to be Yourself or freedom to be naked

I found this entry in Wikipedia the other day and I am still confused. The article was about Vincent Bethell who founded The Freedom to be Yourself campaign (TFTBY) in 1999 to fight against the irrational prejudice towards the unclothed human body. He was also imprisoned for “Public Nuisance” and stood trial naked in a UK court in 2001.

I support most of the “to be yourself” rights but I am not sure if I would be thrilled to meet a naked guy on the street in the middle of the night.  Of course, prejudice against people should never be taken lightly but there are a few things that we as Society have accepted as a norm.  I know, this is a slippery slope and it can open doors to many discussions on many different topics.

Prejudice against human body – um…I don’t know what to think of that as if somebody likes to be naked and other people around them don’t have objections, then it is okay, but I personally would not feel comfortable with a naked person in front of me either that happens on the street or in the office.  No offence, but the moment I see a naked guy walking towards me (not on the beach), I feel threatened and definitely really uncomfortable.  And..To be honest, it has nothing to do with prejudice towards unclothed human body…it has everything to do with intentions this person might have.  Would that be any different if a woman would do her errands naked and happen to pass me? I would definitely feel less threatened but still quiet uncomfortable.

So..here we are…I am confused about my own stand on this issue

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Freedom_to_be_Yourself

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1314226/Buff-justice-as-naked-artist-is-cleared-by-jury.html

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