Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Goshen to Consider LGBT Human Rights Ordinance Tonight

Tonight, Goshen will decide if it is going to pass an ordinance protecting LGBT citizens from discrimination.  Neighboring Elkhart is also considering the issue.

Of course, in the process, the two Northern Indiana communities have become the target of the anti-gay hate campaign of Eric Miller who's telling lies about transgender individuals and making up stories on some gay agenda being pushed.  Yes, he's selling hate disguised as being concerned.

Well, there's nothing to fear.  Plenty of other communities in Indiana have passed such ordinances, and, as far as I know, none of us have been turned into pillars of salt just yet.  Hopefully, the council members, a 4-3 Republican majority, in Goshen will look past the lies and the wild innuendo and realize that it's human beings we're talking about here.

The Elkhart Truth wrote the story of a transgender man who was moved to speak out after hearing one of Miller's diatribes on the issue.  This ordinance is about men like "Frank" who live in fear that one day he will be outed and have no way to keep his former identity a secret.  It could cost him everything.

If you get a chance, send a good thought up towards Goshen today.  Here's to hoping the Councillors do what's right and support equal rights for all.

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