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The State Of Today’s LGBTQs According To Jonathon Capehart 

Written by on March 10, 2022

Story by Chuck Tackett

The State Of Today’s LGBTQs According To Jonathon Capehart 

   Since becoming a temporary semi-shut in I do not have the liberty to be out and about. While this greatly hinders my grasp of what’s going on with my fellow LGBTQ colleagues in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan locale, thanks to various news sources and other forms of media, I am not completely obstructed on happenings nationally and internationally. While COVID-19 has exasperated all of us in one way or another, one of my news sources is Jonathon Capehart. 

Mr. Capehart is an American journalist and television personality. He writes for The Washington Post and is the host of “The Sunday Show” on MSNBC from 9:00 am to 11:00 am CST. Jonathon is also Out Gay man.

A couple of weeks ago on his show, Mr. Capehart announced he was going to give his analysis on the state of today’s LGBTQs. I was quite interested in what he had to say. I was also wondering if we had similar viewpoints. The following is his assessment:

“When I came out to my mother in 1990, her first words of advice were not to tell anyone. She said being Gay could hurt my career. My reaction was as painful as it was understanding. Back then, the world was a very different place for 20-something LGBTQ Americans.

“When I was the age of today’s Generation Z, being an identity that wasn’t Heterosexual, meant living in a nation that was neither tolerant nor accepting. Even in a Gay mecca such as New York, the few of us that were not out of the closet was still seen as courageous.

“So imagine my pride in seeing Gallup’s new data showing more and more Americans publicly embracing their sexual orientation and gender identity. Ten years ago, 3.5% of U.S. adults self-identified as LGBTQ. Today it is a record 7.1% and yes, it is largely Gen Z that has driven the increase in the figure.

“Gallup reports that roughly 21% of Generation Z Americans who reached adulthood, those born between 1997 – 2003, identified as LGBT. This means the oldest among them is 25.

“As an Out Gen Xer who has watched successive Generations come out earlier and earlier, I am in awe of the ease with which members of Gen Z seem to confidently glide through this world.

They still face challenges, but these challenges only compound my awe. In Texas, some gender-affirming care for Trans youth is now considered child abuse. Gov. Abbot has issued an odious directive to said agencies to investigate said abuse.

“In Florida, the legislators are busy pushing through an irresponsible ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill which prevents discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools.

“Despite the nationwide marriage equality, LGBTQ Americans can still be fired or denied housing and education. As the Human Rights Campaign noted this week, basic freedoms are missing in 29 states for LGBQ Americans.

“Progress remains slow, even grudgingly, but still so much has changed since when I was Gen Z’s age back in the 1990s.

“Same-sex couples can legally marry. LGBTQ people work at all levels of the Federal government, including the Cabinet with Pete Buttigieg serving as our ‘Married with Children’ Transportation Secretary.

“Popular culture is filled with LGBTQ representation too, and I’m Out, a columnist at The Post, a contributor to the PBS News Hour, and an anchor here at MSNBC.

“I’m thrilled my mother was proven wrong, and so is she. Perhaps the best thing today is LGBTQ Americans have today that my generation didn’t, is when we were in our 25 is public support.

“When the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill made news, the President of the United States tweeted condemnation. Hours after Abbot ordered Texas, Beta O’ Rourke who is now running for Governor tweeted, ‘To every Trans kid in Texas, you are amazing. I’m proud of you. You belong right here in Texas. and I’ll fight for you to live freely as yourself and free from discrimination.’

“Of course, actions have always spoken louder than words. But this Gen X Gay man is old enough to remember we fought as hard as we could for those words.

 “They are of our moral universe. starting to bend when we not only demand to be acknowledged but also demand equal rights under the law. The fight for equality is nowhere near over, but in a world where 21% of Gen Z is comfortably identifying as something other than Heterosexual, shows it is not just beginning either.”

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  1. Melvin McMurtry   On   March 10, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    I Want to leave a message about the don’t say gay bill in the state of Florida… it is an odious bill and it’s terrible and should never have been done… those things that people are getting really upset about may not be terrible..The bill applies to K thru 3 grade… But this is their 1st salvo into what the ultimate may be, banning of teachers talking to gays through college… Please remember folks that what you have here are a bunch of bigoted christians old white people rich old white people who know that they are out numbered and they’re losing power… they are only 23% of the voting population, and they are scared shitless….

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