Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Barney Frank on LGBT History

Barney Frank, the representive democrat from Massachusettes, writes an eloquent article about the gains, struggles, and challenges of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender folks. He recounts our struggles, while also reminding us of our victories. It is a nice article that begins with an insightful quote from George Orwell.

"While serving as an ambulance driver during the Spanish Civil War, George Orwell was shot in the neck. When people congratulated him on his good luck at having recovered from this, he very sensibly replied that he believed that people who had never been shot in the neck in the first place were even luckier than he. "

That quote sets up Frank as he explains that one of our greatest challenges is getting folks who have no idea what our discrimination is like to actually understand why we LGBT folks need laws to protect us.

You can read the whole article here.

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