As I write this post, my mind goes back to a hot August day. It was the beginning of my Friday before the big campus parties and my homegirl "Cree," and I were eating lunch.
Cree asked me "Yannick, what type of work did you do back home."
"I work as a church musician and I used to work at a hardware store," I replied as I munched on my good old cheeseburger.
I looked up and Cree had this puzzled look on her face. It was like her face had became numb and she replied "But You're Gay."
I couldn't do anything but laugh.
It had me thinking to myself "Does my sexuality determine what type of job I should have?"
Many people often have the stereotype that Gay Men, Transgender people, and gender non conforming people often can only snag call center jobs, office jobs, fast food jobs, and stereotypically Hairdressers or make up artists.
This misconception is entirely untrue. Would you believe it if I told you that I've worked in a warehouse, grouphomes, day camp facilities, and I've even been a stage manager? These are some of the occupations that I as a genderqueer have held, femininity and all.
There are many people just like me that have jobs that people do not see them fit for. However, my sexuality does not qualify me, my work ethic and experience does.
Many people do not see me holding high ranking positions in ministry either because I'm gay. The last time I checked God looks at my heart not my sexuality.
Indiana's House have okayed the heinous Religious Freedom bill that could allow businesses protection if they do not want to serve same-sex couples. Sadly to say this is poised to become law.
The Republican-controlled Indiana House approved the measure Monday on a 63-31 vote, largely along party lines. Five Republicans joined 26 Democrats in opposing the bill.
The bill is planned to be signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence.
"It's important that we allow our citizens to hold religious beliefs, maybe even those we might be appalled by, and to be able to express those," said Rep. Tom Washburne, R-Inglefield.
Opponents believe that this measure will license discrimination against the LGBT Community.
"We turn our attention now to Governor Pence who, like Governor Jan Brewer in Arizona, has the ability to stop this dangerous bill dead in its tracks when it hits his desk," said Katie Blair, campaign manager for Freedom Indiana.
The chances of that, however, appear slim. The governor issued the following statement after Monday's House vote.
"The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact," he said. "I strongly support the legislation and applaud the members of the General Assembly for their work on this important issue. I look forward to signing the bill when it reaches my desk."
Utah is now the only state that is allowing execution by firing squad. Governor Gary Herbert signed it into law on Monday on the grounds that it would be done only if lethal drugs (used for lethal injection) are not available, even though he has called it "A little bit gruesome."
The Republican Governor states that Utah is a capital punishment state and that it must require a back up execution method.
"We regret anyone ever commits the heinous crime of aggravated murder to merit the death penalty, and we prefer to use our primary method of lethal injection when such a sentence is issued," Herbert spokesman Marty Carpenter said. However, enforcing death sentences is "the obligation of the executive branch."
In other statesn such as Washington, an inmate can request hanging. In Oklahoma Firing Squads are possible if electrocution and lethal drugs are ever labeled unconstitutional....What will the jackasses think of next?