As undoubtedly transformative to the South as same-sex marriage would be, attention should also be focused on the change that the South could bring to the subject. The same region of the country that bans same-sex marriage from Virginia to Texas also has 26 percent of its same-sex couples raising children, which is the highest percentage of any region in the United States (according to the Williams Institute) – more than New England, the birthplace of same-sex marriage, and more than California and the West Coast, an area so often on the vanguard of marriage equality. These Southern LGBT couples are raising families outside the legal marriage protections that other regions offer and yet are nonetheless leading the nation in forming LGBT-led families.
Perhaps even more important for the marriage equality movement, the racial diversity of the South as a whole is also reflected in the numbers of same-sex couples in the South, especially in regards to African-Americans. The Williams Institute reports that African-American individuals in same-sex couples tend to live in areas where there are higher proportions of African-Americans. About 57 percent of African-Americans live in the Southern United States, according to analysis from the Brookings Institution. The data are clear: The geographic home of lesbian and gay African-American couples is the South.
The continued marriage discrimination against LGBT individuals in the South not merely perpetuates an inequality based on sexual orientation, but effectively limits same-sex marriage from a vast majority of one racial group. These same-sex marriage bans are not only homophobic in intention but racist in effect. Carr Harkrader in a Dec. 10 op-ed entitled, “Of grits and gays: The South ultimately will have to recognize equality,” in The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer. Read the full commentary here. (via qnotescarolinas)
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being straight must be so weird
im rly sorry to break this to u this way but. ur fave is trans. even ur second fave is trans. in fact any character youve ever liked is trans. in fact cis ppl dont even exist.
Its so weird how hot I am
its ridiculous but not surprising how much easier it is for a cis person to get hormones
do u ever wonder how many people’s dreams you have been in