“She put him in a Nursing Home and had criminal trespass orders against me to keep me away from him,” Lon Watts writes:
I’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO SEE HIM AGAIN! She got his bank account from Social Security Disability and sold his house out from under me. I had 2 weeks to vacate uur home of 12 years. [sic]
If we were EQUAL in the eyes of the law we would be together till the end. But as it stands in Texas, a money hungry greedy relative was able to steal our life and toss me out as trash to pad her pocketbook. I pray God has mercy on her soul for her evil deeds. I am content knowing the world is coming around to acknowledge that ALL HUMANS ARE CREATED EQUAL and SHOULD HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS.
I've looked for the other side to this story and haven't found it. Regardless, this is something that can easily happen to any homosexual couple until marriage equality is a real thing nationwide.
Meanwhile, in South Africa, the child abuse known as gay conversion camps have caused the deaths of several teens.
The very fact that we have parents anywhere in this world that feel the need to send children to a camp to un-gay them is absolutely horrific. Why does it happen? It's still socially acceptable, though it has been getting better lately, to treat gay people as subhuman. Denying marriage equality is another plank in that "being gay is wrong" platform.
These horrors don't just exist abroad--they are happening right here in the United States, too. Thankfully California has banned the child abuse of conversion therapy. New Jersey is attempting to do the same.
But again, treating homosexuals as those deserving fewer rights than heterosexuals only serves to empower those who would abuse their children with this type of conversion "therapy." It's got to stop.
Researchers have found that suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) youth is comparatively higher than among the general population. LGBT teens and young adults have one of the highest rates of suicide attempts. According to some groups, this is linked to heterocentric cultures and institutionalised homophobia in some cases, including the use of LGBT people as a political wedge issue like in the contemporary efforts to halt legalising same-sex marriages. Depression and drug use among LGBT people have both been shown to increase significantly after new laws that discriminate against gay people are passed. Bullying of LGBT youth has been shown to be a contributing factor in many suicides, even if not all of the attacks have been specifically addressing sexuality or gender.
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention notes there are no national data (for the U.S.) regarding suicidal ideation or suicide rates among the LGBT population as a whole or in part, for LGBT youth or LGBT seniors, for example. In part because there is no agreed percentage of the national population that is LGBTQ, or even identifies as LGBTQ, also death certificates do not include sexuality information. The Family Acceptance Project's research has demonstrated that "parental acceptance, and even neutrality, with regard to a child's sexual orientation" can bring down the attempted suicide rate.
And I haven't even gotten into the awful LGBT teen homelessness problem that exists because asshole bigot parents toss these kids out on the streets.
Homosexuals deserve equal rights. The culture that prevents those equal rights is severely damaging, and often lethal, to our fellow homosexual neighbors. Ironic how it's predominately Christians in America who act like such bigoted assholes and don't love their neighbors, but rather hate their children.
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”