Culture shift re:
homosexuality, bisexuality, etc.
Events during 2010-April illustrating
cultural shifts about sexual minorities
The acronym SSM refers to same-sex marriage;
GLBT refers to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual persons.
2010-APR-16: USA: President Obama signs executive order on hospitals: The order instructs almost all hospitals to be more flexible in their policies regarding restrictions of patients' visitors, and recognition of patient's medical directives. This is being interpreted -- incorrectly -- by much of the media -- secular, religious and gay-positive as primarily benefitting loving, committed same-sex couples. More info.
- 2010-APR-16: USA: Fifteenth annual Day of Silence observed: Many thousands of middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities observed a Day of Silence where students who want an end of harassment, physical attacks against people perceived as LGBT. In an interesting development, a high school in New Hampshire gave students who participated in the event credit towards an academic requirement. More info.
- 2010-APR-23: N. America: Lesbian Christian on Larry King Live: Jennifer Knapp, a Grammy-nominated Christian music artist, and winner of four Gospel Industry Dove Awards recently came out as a lesbian. Her newest album "Letting Go" is available on Itunes. In an interview with Larry King, she said:
"As a history in the Christian music industry, I'm very well- known for my faith. ... There were a lot of rumors circulated around for about seven years. And while I wasn't actually here to kind of answer them, and it's starting to feel a little bit like a lie. ... I really kind of put my own personal desires out the window and kind of put all that to the side. And it wasn't until I actually met someone that was really quite difficult for me to ignore anymore. ... I've had an overwhelming [positive] response in the last couple of weeks since this information has come out. ... I did an interview with 'Christianity Today,' which is a very well-respected evangelical publication, an interview with 'Reuters,' and an interview with 'The Advocate.' I really thought it was important try and share three different walks of life that many Christians find themselves in, just normal everyday people, people of faith, and people who are contending with their sexual orientation in society. ... I feel blessed to be able to fully be who I am. I love being able to be a musician. And part of that process for me as a musician is being open and honest, and to not feel like I have to lie or to hide anything. I don't necessarily want to talk about it all the time but I don't have to hide it either." 3
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "Costa Rica may see same-sex-marriage referendum," Baltimore Gay Life, 2010-MAR-04. This essay is no longer available at: http://www.baltimoregaylife.com/
- "Mexico: Homosexuals rush for marriage permit," The Toronto Star, 2010-MAR-05, Page A22.
- "Christian singer comes out as lesbian," Larry King Life, 2010-APR-23, at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/
Copyright © 2010 by Ontario
Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Initial posting: 2010-APR-16
Latest update: 2010-APR-28
Author: B.A. Robinson