Friday, September 23, 2011

This Is Social Commentary, Not Politics

"It should not be an issue. Leave it alone, keep it to yourself, whether you're a heterosexual or a homosexual. ...Any type of sexual activity has no place in the military. ...The military's job is to do one thing, and that is to protect our country." -Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum

I long ago made the decision to keep as much politics as I could out of this blog, but this issue I feel is more social than political, and I'm finally hearing someone saying the right thing. (That's not to say no-one else has said it before, just that I'm finally hearing it.)

A considerable percentage of our country's population was excluded from the military on the basis of their sexuality. I shouldn't need to tell you that. A considerable percentage of our country's population was excluded from a great many things on the basis of their sexuality, and that has started to change in recent years.

I've made comments in the past about being concerned about not fitting in in my new department based off of my sexuality because my new co-workers seemed to make a lot of jokes insulting homosexuality, but I have seen toward the end of the season, as I paid more attention to them (mostly due to a decreasing demand for my help and general call volume), also a considerable amount of jokes insulting heterosexuality. That makes me feel better. Nothing like finding sexual equality within a group of people who make jokes at other people's expense.

I do, I did start to fit in. I gained respect of the department that I didn't expect to receive in the early days of my transfer. And if that position is still open next season, I hope to join them again. (Open, not as in "someone else took it," but as in "this past year was an experiment, we haven't decided how well it worked yet.")

Yes, both our country and the world have a long way to go yet, but we're actually getting there. The best way (that I've seen) for social change is one step at a time. If you try to make people reverse their ideologies all at once, they resist vehemently. But if you guide them through the steps, (and this is not a 12-step program,) they're more willing to accept it.