Fighting LGBT Rights in Wilkes Barre
Want to know what your LGBT rights in Wilkes Barre are? At the moment… you have none.
Well, it is. And Thursday evening, with about a dozen friends and allies, we took to the Wilkes Barre City Hall to sit in on the meeting where Beth Gilbert was going to be opening her proposition for this ordinance to public discussion. Her proposal is to amend a current ordinance, entitled Human Relations, to include protections for the LGBT community which would help us out if we ever find ourselves discriminated against.
The good news is, they accepted the proposal. It was a unanimous decision — 5 out of 5 councilpersons. The bad news is, all they did was accept the PROPOSAL. It’ll be another month until they vote on actually writing it into law. Even so, I’m optimistic.
Meanwhile, I’m getting called out in the comments section of the city paper’s because I was mentioned by name for my involvement in this. Imagine, just for having the audacity to ask for a little bit of fair treatment, I raised a small ruckus. Ugh…
Well, that’s what I do. I raise ruckuses.
As usual, the people complaining aren’t seeing the bigger picture. This is not a request for “special treatment.” All we want is to have the same protections as everyone else. This isn’t about special treatment. It’s about having equal protections. Ensuring that the LGBT community has the same rights is how we equalize things. That’s not how they see it, of course, but whatever. This is a good thing, whether they realize it or not. The civil rights movement is alive and well. Equality in Wilkes Barre!
Anyway, that’s all for this week. More guitar vids are on their way, I promise. Keep on keepin’ on!