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Anti Discrimination Series


Day 38/366

Anti-Discrimination II: LGBT/GSA
This month, February, is LGBT Awareness month. This week is LGBT/GSA Week in #TheWeeklyDrop. And today, Supreme Court repealed Prop. 8, the law that explicitly banned gay marriages in California. This is in honour of all of that.

The Constitution states that all people of America are entitled to the fundamental rights of a human being, which are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. It states that no on shall be denied these rights based on gender, age, colour, religious beliefs, or any other defining minority. Sexual Orientation is included in this category. Today, Proposition 8, that law that banned gay marriages in California, was repealed, being classified as Unconstitutional, and rightfully so. It was very clearly stated that unfortunately, in this case, it only applies to California and will not change the rest of the nation yet.

There's been a lot of controversy about how something the Constitution covers can only apply to one state. This repeal only applies to California right now because California is the only state with a law like Prop. 8 in place. Prop. 8 singles out the gay/les/bi/trans minority, and denies them the right to marriage. That violates the Constitution in of itself. Every other state does not have a law specifically banning marriage to a minority, they simply don't offer it, and therefore this repeal cannot apply to them.

There's also a few people saying that marriage is a religious right and if you're not of that religion or do not follow along with their teachings, then you don't have that right. This is just plainly silly. Sorry. It is not a religious right, it is a religiously instilled tradition. It is a legal right, that was enforced when religion became prominent in the Victorian London era, and existed before religion traditionalized it. If it were indeed a religious right, then Atheists would not be allowed to marry. Seeing as how that as well violates the Constitution, and they are allowed to marry, that's a trite old argument.

Other still say, "Well, why don't you just call it what it is - A civil union? You shouldn't need a marriage to validate your relationship." First of all. Most people who use this argument are hypocrites. They themselves are married with children for the most part that I've seen. Second of all, they assume that it's for validation. They don't seem to consider that if one partner gets sick without insurance, then the other partner could use theirs to get the sick one the medical attention they need. However, if they're not married in the eyes of the law, insurance more than half the time will not cover the sick person, and quite often they die. Simply because people fight to rip away something these people deserve. And the majority does not have the right to control the personal lives of minority, or anyone on both sides for that matter, in either group.

And yet still there are those who just say they need help and need to straighten out. My own father is one of these people. Why should people "fix" themselves because they know how to love somebody without sexualizing them? If anything, those should be the ones teaching and raising our children, who are VERY "mature" today for their age in society's current over-technological, over-sexualized era, telling them that a person's body isn't important, and that they don't have to whore themselves around, and reminding them that someone will love them for THEM. And a good number of people are BORN GAY. There is new scientific evidence to prove it that is being looked into more and more. Why would someone choose to be hated and discriminated against for their entire Life if it's so apprently easy to just "fix?"


You don't have to agree with it. You don't have to understand it. I personally don't see the appeal. That's a preference, though. Just because you don't agree with it or understand it, though, does not give you to right to beat them; Insult them; Hate them; Deny them rights they deserve.

Flags In Order:
Top Left - Rainbow; Gay Pride
Bottom right - Pink, purple, blue; Bi Pride
Top Left - Blue, light purple, white, light purple, blue; Transgendered
Bottom Left - Pink triangle in a green circle; Straight Ally

NOTE: I realize the Straight Ally is traditionally an inverted triangle, however, considering an inverted pink triangle is what Nazis used to identify homosexuals in concentration camps, I'd much rather not use that. At all.


UPDATE - Warm Winter Project: 2012 - Donations. :)UPDATE - As of January 16, I'm officially soon receiving a shipment of hoodies from :devSavoirfaire-Roma: that they so generously offered to donate in addition to the hoodies being purchased by the project here on deviantART!!!This is just awesome!!!
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UPDATE 3 - As of January 6, we've broken the 50k mark on the Warm Winter Project!!! A little over 1/5 of the way there already!!! :squee:

UPDATE 2 - I also received a note from :devheidi: earlier today (1.4.12) letting me know that deviantART would like to match my donations on their behalf!! That means when I reach my goal of 50, I will be receiving 50 more hoodies from devia


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February 7, 2012
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Critique by TheRadioactiveAngel Feb 18, 2012, 3:54:07 AM
I love the vision and the message, Gay Rights and and Marriage, and Anti-Discrimnation. I love the contrast as well, it seems very realistic.

The originaity is great, though Gay Rights seems to be very common, though Im proud of that subject alot of people in art arent, I love it completely and think its very original.


I just love everything about this photo and the message about it, its compltely natrual with a fabulos message.


The impact is great as well, many in the Gay and Straight community will appreciate you efforts to stop discrimination.

all together I give you a 10/10 GOOD JOB!
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maxlake2 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Maryland and Maine just enacted marriage equality measures...
:)
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
So I saw! And two other states, as well! As well as Wisconsin having the first openly gay Senator and another state having an openly pansexual Senator! It's great to see people accepting and embracing diversity. :squee:
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maxlake2 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A -
I totally agree...
:hug:
Richard
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wonderful message.
I still have my spirit day devoted avatar by `stuck-in-suburbia

I love the way you've colored the heart.
Well said discription as well.
:heart:
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :dummy:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:hug:
My pleasure!
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:hug: Featured in our Forum Features article! :)
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
O.O Oh my! Thank you! Tia's just the sweetest girl! >.< I appreciate the feature, very much! :tighthug:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome! :hug:
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simonpark81 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
heart arming and truly needed in this day and age.
people being banned from marrying who they choose is something one would expect from so called primitive, brutish savages...
though of course no such type of man ever really existed.
until now.
how come its always the totally intolerant that wind up in charge?
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
:nod: Cause they're the ones born into power and raised with such ideas? I guess. :(
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simonpark81 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
*nodding seriously & gravely*
unfortunately the blood is what leads, eh? funny thing, in an age of science we still look up to those related to the ones that said "im chosen by god himself".... im a pagan buddhist but my 6 year old son can be the absolute opposite of me... well, most of the time.... bloodlines only take us so far, then things become silly. even if someone once was chosen by god, the ones in power now certainly are not listening to the prayers of anyone or messages from higher beings....
:hug: oh well.
heres a flower! :iconflowerplz: :peace:
there, aint propaganda great?
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
:giggle:
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villainoftruth Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Solid work!

I don't care what other people believe, but how they live it... For how can anyone say they love another, if they do not accept them? How can they say that they accept them, if they do not understand them? How can you fathom the deep wells of the soul stuck in the mire of a unique tale of the human condition without spending time in relationship with them... Virtue by way of existing in the moment is akin to chivalry, nearly dead. For carpe diem has told us the moment is for self and that means gratification, not exploring the awareness of self in order to live our said beliefs. For we all carry at least one belief, even if you do not realize it, we all have deep seeds in 'fairness.'
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you! It's really big a huge issue in society lately, and I'm glad people are still getting around to seeing this.

I just can't seem to wrap my head around how people can preach about something in their religion, and then automatically think it means nothing and be total hypocrites if it doesn't exactly match up to their belief perfectly. It doesn't matter WHAT you believe, there's absolutely no reason to discriminate against anyone who believes differently so long as they're loving, kind, and respectful. It's really upsetting to see people who preach about love and being accepted turn people away and say they deserve to die or burn in Hell. I just can't understand how people can that way. :(
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villainoftruth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Indeed, I often roll that position off my tongue into the ears of 'f(r)iends' who claim to be followers of a religion and yet have seething hatred for 'insert minority group here.' Being that 'if you claim to be anything under the realm of your belief and yet know nothing of living it and seek only carpe diem for self gratification instead of awareness in the moment for the benefit of self and society... You're probably going to find yourself in hell someday... Someday.

Not that I am any judge, but the question is an opportunity to stir them from a dire path of ignorance a false sense of tolerance, which is a toxic ignorant disregard, into the reality of their human condition.

If I die tomorrow, in whatever manner, I know that I've spilled every once of my poetic blood out over the internet, however invisible. Write to die, or so I say.
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AnnieIsFancy Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love coming back to this and reading what you said. It's truly moving.

But I did catch something. Atheism isn't a religion, so it has no need to be capitalized, unless you really want to keep it that way out of it's significance in this passage.
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
I pretty much capitalize it out of respect for those who are Atheist. It's still a proper name for a group of people, and I feel it would be unfair and defeat the purpose to give it any less prominence than a religion. So you're totally right, on both the account that it's not a religion, but you also know my intentions very well! ;)
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AnnieIsFancy Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah yes, I understand :nod:
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Caedy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been featured here Theme of the week: Love - Features. Thank you for submitting your art.
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :)
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Caedy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome!
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Zeroignite Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
<3 so hard.
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
:la:
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russellgulliver Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Nice shot
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much!
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SoCuteNeko Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
What is GSA?
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Gay Straight Alliance. :)
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SoCuteNeko Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Then... It's same of LGBT...
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Kind of. LGBT is, of course, Lesbian-Gay-Bi-Tolerance. Tolerance isn't the same as an alliance. Tolerance means simply to accept and essentially deal with something, or do nothing about its ongoing. So, not only would that not stop it, it wouldn't necessarily help it, either. Gay-Straight Alliance is the support that all orientation groups outside of heterosexuality receive. :)
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SoCuteNeko Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I support all sexual orientation: bi, homo, hetero. I don't support sexphobie, homophobie, hate of people...
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
I agree, it's what this photo is all about! I was so excited about doing it yesterday. :happybounce:
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SoCuteNeko Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
LGBT - lesbian gay bisexual transsexual
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
I apologize, I was taught differently where I grew up. :)
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SoCuteNeko Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm old 14 years. I have got sexual attraction already.
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
Uhm... Okayy.. May I please ask what that has to do with my informing you of what I was taught the acronym meant?
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waterflower14 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student General Artist
I agree with everything you said, and you've made such a valid argument, ESPECIALLY when you say

"There's also a few people saying that marriage is a religious right and if you're not of that religion or do not follow along with their teachings, then you don't have that right. This is just plainly silly. Sorry. It is not a religious right, it is a religiously instilled tradition. It is a legal right, that was enforced when religion became prominent in the Victorian London era, and existed before religion traditionalized it. If it were indeed a religious right, then Atheists would not be allowed to marry. Seeing as how that as well violates the Constitution, and they are allowed to marry, that's a trite old argument."

that is one of my favorite parts! thank you for pointing this out and getting it out there!
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
You're very welcome! I saw the article on Yahoo! this morning and most of the comments were these types f things back and forth! Thank you for the wonderful comment! I'm so glad that people re seeing this and noticing not the photo, but everything it STANDS for! :happybounce:
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waterflower14 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student General Artist
WOOT! Let freedom ring! This is supposed to be a free country, so let's make it one! Again, I'm very glad that you posted this :D
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much again! Haha I appreciate it, I really do. I can't wait to do more of this project. :la:
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waterflower14 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student General Artist
well you have my full support! If you need any help with anything, just let me know! :D
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
:salute: Yes ma'am!
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waterflower14 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student General Artist
yayyyy!! :la:
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silverjade2003 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
very well worded. and i agree completely. great job on the photo too
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you, my dear! I've actually been asked to do a couple of collaborations when I posted my art trade with you, btw! I'd absolutely love to do another with you, people on 365Project.org and tumblr have told me they loved both of your poems and I think it would be wonderful if you'd like to do another later on in the year. :la:
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silverjade2003 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
sounds like a plan. i'll let ya know if i see a photo that inspires me or whenever ya feel up to doing another trade. i should have a few more poems up in the next few weeks
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Excellent~ :dummy: :heart:
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AnnieIsFancy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I saw it was repealed, I nearly lost all shiz. It's amazing that society seems to be getting a little better as time goes on. It makes you have hope for humanity ; w ;
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ToxicAlice92 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Originally, I was going to do this tomorrow, but when I saw that article I was like, "CARPE DIEM, Y'ALL!!!" I was so excited! Movements like this just keep happening; I'm surprised people aren't prepared for it by now. I mean Hell, this country was founded on religious freedom. Racial equality, then gendered - I mean seriously. It keep happening. THERE'S A REASON! I'm s with you and having hope for humanity when things like this happen! :squee:
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AnnieIsFancy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, the country was not founded on religion. Yes, it REALLY does seem that way, but in the Treaty of Tripoli, it states "the country was not founded on Christian religion." Lulz, who knew? Anyway, I just never understood why this country has to fight for freedom. We are known for our freedoms, but really, it just seems this country is getting stricter and stricter each day and freedoms are becoming so limited. So movements like this really just have to make you grateful that there are some reasonable people :iconiloveyouplz:
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