8708 Pinnacle, Drive
Frisco, Texas 75033
January 5th, 2015
Mr. Greg Abbott
PO Box 308
Austin, TX 78767
Dear Mr. Abbott:
This school year, Wakeland High School debuted its chapter of the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) club, and for a moment it seemed that my school was taking a stride toward equality and acceptance; however, it was only a matter of days before I began hearing gay-stigmatizing conversation in the hallways. Being exposed to the hate and intolerance of the few students who voiced their negative opinions on the club invoked some deep thinking on my part. Even as a heterosexual female, I found myself disturbed by how immensely negative and inconsiderate those particular students could be toward the subject of homosexuality.
I was then further disturbed to learn that, according to David Crary of the San Francisco Chronicle, there are some states in which an individual can lose their job for being gay and that more than half the states do not ban discrimination by employers or public accommodations based on sexual orientation. I was shocked to discover from an article by William Eskridge of the Washington Post that Texas itself mandates that sex-education classes emphasize that homosexuality is ‘not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public,’ and moreover, Texas statutes mandate that children be taught that ‘homosexual conduct is a criminal offense’ even though criminalizing private, consensual homosexual conduct has been unconstitutional since 2003.” Something must be done about the stigmatizing of the LGBT community, which is not only being allowed, but engendered by our state government. This discrimination is unjust and the residents of Texas should be protected from it by law.
Although some oppose homosexuality on the basis of religion, it could be argued that a person’s sexual orientation is as much a part of them as their spiritual beliefs, and therefore, one should not be allowed to suppress the other. Like religion,...
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