Small-Town Elitist

May 1, 2009

An Open Letter: Earth to Carrie Prejean!

Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean, as many people know quite well by now, has taken heat for her response to Perez Hilton’s question about whether she supports gay marriage.

It’s this following part of her response that has left me, as a bisexual woman, with a nasty taste in my mouth. Prejean said:

We live in a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage and, you know what, in my country and my family I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman.

I hate to break it to you, Carrie, but while GLBT Americans may not be a part of your family, we *are* a part of this country. The USA does not revolve around you, and your prejudices. I imagine you may be among those who pride themselves for “loving the troops.” How then, do you feel when I tell you that an estimated 650,000 gay veterans of World War II have lived in a country where their brave and valuable service to this country in its time of crisis counted for nothing, and they did not have many of the same rights other WWII military men had upon their return, including marriage equality?

I’m guessing you may not have a reaction, simply because you probably had no idea that the GLBT community served its country bravely and honorably, and despite Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, still continues to till this very day.

As someone who was close to wearing the crown of Miss USA, you must realize that you are representing a vast group of Americans, including the GLBT community. No one has the right to dictate to you what your views on marriage equality are, no matter how bigotted and wrong-headed they may be, but you certainly could have answered the question a thousand times more graciously and gracefully than the alienating manner in which you did.

I hope that you realize these things before you step on the toes of your fellow Americans, who were defending their beliefs and principles long before you and I were even in diapers. Please rethink your shameful wording of your opinions.

Till then, I must say that as a lifelong Californian, and ex-evangelical, I won’t have a Miss California USA who I can be proud represents me until at least 2010.

Annaleigh W., the Small-Town Elitist, who will not give her full identity, simply because I don’t have the same rights as Carrie, including basic safety if my bisexuality were known by my neighbors.

P.S. – I recommend you check out a couple of these links.

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September 9, 2008

French media censorship linkage and more.

This morning I was interested (and saddened) to learn that evidently Nicolas Sarkozy is exerting too much influence on French media, and many French journalists have taken to blogging after being pushed out of other forms of media. There’s an old but good article on that, and I also found this interesting blog article on the Sarkozy government censoring an award-winning film which dealt with issues of poverty, abortion, and choice.

Feministe continues to do a good job of exposing the negative connections that Sarah Palin’s church has. This time they write about her church’s connections to Love Won Out and the ex-gay movement.

Christian Liberal has some hard questions for Evangelical Christians about support for George W. Bush and his agenda.

MOMocrats has an interesting post about what Republicans really mean when they throw the “elitism” meme around. I’m not sure I agree with everything said, but it’s still worth reading and thinking about!

There is a very good and very scary post at Taking Steps about the police brutality/torture allegations that followed the Republican convention. Tip o’ the hat to Season of the Bitch for insisting everyone read Little Light’s post.

Crooks and Liars reports on John McCain dodging questions about why so few people of color have or want anything to do with the Republican party.

White Trash Academic has a really good post on disparities in education.

And finally, just an interesting little link, Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell has denounced Sarah Palin’s hunting practices. Tip of the hat to the Megadeth.com boards… 😉

September 8, 2008

Pakistani elections linkage and more.

Hi there, time for another collection of linkage! 🙂

Pakistan recently elected Asif Ali Zardari (widower of the late Benazir Bhutto) President of Pakistan. Here is a frustrated post from PoliticsPakistan.com, and here’s a lengthy article at Sikander Hayat’s World.

Christian Liberal has a great reminder to American Christians to be charitable and civil when debating about our election.

Crooks and Liars posted a commentary by Gloria Steinem reminding Hillary voters and everyone on the fence that Sarah Palin is nothing like Hillary.

Feministe has a post about some anti-Semetic and barf-bag worthy comments made by a Jews for Jesus leader who was speaking at Sarah Palin’s church.

MOMocrats compare Barack Obama and John McCain’s plans with regard to the Iraq War.

Racialicious has a good post about the show Exiled, which takes the spoiled, privileged brats from My Sweet Sixteen, and sends them to the Third World. Racialicious poster Latoya spoke to Newsweek about how this show dehumanizes the people living in the Third World.

Season of the Bitch has a post on why policing women’s femininity is a bad response to patriarchal abuse.

And Women’s Space has a powerful post with artwork and commentary on the prostitution of Iraqi girls and women in Syria and other refugee locations. Please note, if you are a survivor of sexual violence, this might *trigger* you.

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