Before The Prop 8 Trial Starts Again

I wanted to say this before the trial starts again this morning. I don’t know about you, but I cried several times today as the two historians for the plaintiff reviewed past injustices against the LGBT community. If you weren’t watching my feeds on FB or Twitter, here are a few of the updates, these are quotes from the historians, mostly Prof. Chauncey:

Anita Bryant who also said.” Homosexuals cannot reproduce so they must recruit to refresh their ranks”


Bryant campaign focused on gay people’s supposed threat to children as teachers, to “force themselves” on other people by being open


1500 hate crimes per yr against lgbt people, more thn 200 thousand ca school kids harassed fr being lgbt or perceived as such


“the homosexual …is ever seeking younger victims” from ca attorney general in 1950s


1930s to 50s, police campaigns saying gay people were child molestors. Press campaigns around country

1950 rpt on gay people in civil service, recommnded tightening procedures to identify & discharge gay people from civil service

Public accommodation example: In 1933 when prohibition was repealed, laws were passed that prohibited lesbian and gay people from being served in restaurants or bars with alcohol. This had a profound effect on lesbian and gay people because they could not meet each other (or legally anyone else) in a bar or restaurant. When people went to bars, they had to hide their sexuality.

This was the first time (that I recall) that all of these evil injustices were all talked about at once, on a national public stage with this kind of attention. How great have been the horrors on those who came before us. But we are still here. We are still fighting. And we will not back down or ever stop fighting until we have achieved that glorious goal.. to be the same as everyone else under the eyes of the law.

*note. If you do not have a live source for coverage of the trial. Find me on facebook here, or follow  me on twitter here. I’m doing my best to provide next-to-live updates.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sheri Lawson on January 13, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Thank you for keeping us updated about this very important issue.


  2. Eric… thank YOU for the updates ,for your kind heart and your insights.

    I love who you are. Linda


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