Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Making straights walk in the moccasins of the glbt community

Some excellent PSAs that give those people unable to put themselves in someone else's shoes an idea of what it would be like to be denied the many rights that straights have and take for granted. Via Queers United:



And in Spanish:



Time to take the megaphone away from those who twist the bible to hide their own bigotry and homophobia. Most Americans are fair minded. Frame it correctly and show the injustice from their perspective, and I think we can win this battle. And I think these PSAs are a good start. Share

1 comment:

seithman said...

It's a great PSA, but only if it leads to more discussions on the issues it raises. Many people I've come into contact with don't understand why a will doesn't completely solve the inheritance problem or why a living will or power of attorney doesn't fully address the issue of hospital visitations rights.

It's necessary to the next step and educate people more clearly on why it's easier for a non-understanding family to challenge a will that lists a non-relative as beneficiary or how some states handle inheritance law/taxes differently for non-related beneficiaries in general and non-spouses in particular. It's necessary to educate people on how powers of attorney, living wills, and other legal documents are often governed by state-specific laws and are not recognized universally by all states.

Truth be told, there's a lot about these issues that most people don't understand, and properly educating them about them is going to take more than a forty-five minute PSA.

But like I said, hopefully the PSA will at least get people talking about these issues. And hopefully pro-equality advocates are sufficiently educated themselves to make those conversations informed ones.