So I was speaking to a friend of mine that “didn’t agree” with my post about Kaitlyn Hunt…. until we spoke about it. From my conversation with her I feel the need to explicitly state, I am not debating the merits of the law. There can be a discussion about whether it is archaic or flawed on another post…on another blog.
I take issue with the fact that Kaitlyn, her parents, and the ACLU are trying to use her sexual orientation as the reason she should get off.
I take issue with the people saying that as a woman there is no way she could have coerced the girl, because lesbian relationships are emotional more than physical.
I take issue with the fact that dozens (at least) young black men have been prosecuted for crimes similar to this one and no one gave a damn.
I take issue with people being mad at the 14 year olds parents for turning Kaitlyn in. THEY ARE HER PARENTS AND THEY SHOULD HAVE TURNED HER IN.
I take issue with people taking up the rainbow flag and wrapping it around her like she in Jesus in the manger.
And I SURE AS HELL TAKE ISSUE with people saying I don’t have the right to feel the way I do.
So yes unless we are going to overturn every statutory rape case involving high school students for the last 60 years… then her next cameo should be on Nancy Grace or Beyond Scared Straight.
I am not sure whether many had heard this story outside of Florida, but back in February, Kaitlyn Hunt, an 18-year-old high school student was expelled due to her relationship with a 14 year old classmate (who happened to be a girl). She was also charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery of a child 12 to 16 years of age as a result of the relationship.
Just so we are all straight, an 18 year old adult was in a relationship with a 14 year old child and is now in jail.
AS SHE SHOULD BE.
Now months later people (a lot of people) are actually trying to condone her actions. Not only condone them but champion them, there are petitions signed asking her to be freed, hacker groups threatening e-anarchy, and even celebrities are jumping on the bandwagon.
As a lesbian, a feminist, and a future mother of children, that is just this side of crazy. This is not a complicated LGBT issue, on the contrary it is very simple. An 18 year old adult was in a relationship with a 14 year old child and is now in jail.
AS SHE SHOULD BE.
If the courts dared to give her a pass, how many other children would be left vulnerable as a result. If we say that this child was able to have consensual sex with an adult at 14, how do we protect other 14 year olds or 13 year olds? Where do we draw the line?
Being a woman and being a lesbian doesn’t make Kaitlyn less accountable to the law. She chose to pursue a relationship with this girl. She chose to sleep with this girl against her parents’ wishes. So now she should have a new choice to make… whether to get a honey bun or ramen noodles from the commissary.
Last night, NASA and Sally Ride Science held ” Sally Ride : A Lifetime of Accomplishment, A Champion of Science Literacy,” a national tribute to America’s first woman in space. The special event was held at the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., at 7 p.m. EDT. It was a wonderful event celebrating Ride and her work with the space program as well as her work promoting math and science for students.
In other news, President Barack Obama will bestow the Medal of Freedom posthumously on Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space.
Obama says Ride was a role model to young women and showed that achievement has no limits. He says Ride advocated for innovation in science, engineering and math.
Ride rode on the space shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983. She died in July 2012 at 61 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Ride broke another barrier by disclosing that she was gay at the end of an obituary she co-wrote with her same-sex partner before her death. The White House says Ride’s partner was notified last week of the award along with her mother and sister.
The award will be presented later this year.
Source: Associated Press
In an “eye-raising” response to a question about her sexuality, Zoe responds.
[I might] end up with a woman, raising my children….That’s how androgynous I am.
Oh really Zoe?
Hmmm… A sister with fly glasses, a bit of an overbite, and a gift for gab might be exactly what you need… I’m just saying. *shrugs*
On the real, Zoe if you like it I love it… as long as you don’t see this as an escape from the drama that is male-female relationships. Because from one lezzie to a not-so lezzie, these heffas out here… aren’t much better. (Yes I said heffas)
We have all been there. At the grocery store… at the club… at the train station, a man tries to talk with you and won’t take no for answer. You try to ignore them. You try to let them down easy. You finally tell them “Look I’m a lesbian, it’s not happening”. At best they roll their eyes and walk away, at worst they spout some deragatory comments and eventually still walk away.
On the night of May 11, 2003, Sakia Gunn, a 15 year old high school basketball star, was attacked and murdered by a group of men who refused to walk away.
After a night out in Greenwich Village, Sakia and her friends were waiting for the #1 bus when they were approached and propositioned by two men. After telling the men that they were lesbians and were not interested in their advances, the guys viciously attacked them. While trying to help her friend that was being choked, Sakia was stabbed and eventually died as a result of the wounds at University Hospital in Newark, NJ.
Robert McCullough, her murderer, turned himself in and eventually was sentenced to 20 years for aggravated manslaughter, aggravated assault, and bias intimidation. (Why this wasn’t considered a federal hate crime, I have no clue. I will let my legalese lezzies answer that…).
Sakia’s murder was senseless and cruel but it wasn’t in vain. Sakia’s murder shocked and stirred the LGBT community of Newak to its core. Out of the wake of this tragedy, groups like the Newark Pride Alliance were born. Her story has been told in film and on stage. Today on the 10th anniversary of her murder, the Garden State Equality group held the “MAY 11, 2013 MARCH TO REMEMBER SAKIA GUNN” to commemorate her legacy.
10 years ago, we lost a daughter, a friend, a student, and one of sisters, and we will not forget!
It’s time to put your money where your mouth is (and no this isn’t leading to anything dirty… FREAKS)
Today, May 9, is the first national Give OUT Day, an initiative intended to get us giving in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. LGBTQ nonprofits are registered on GiveOUTDay.org, making the site into a donation hub.
“Less than 5 percent of the LGBTQ community gives to an LGBTQ cause, according to research from the Horizons Foundation and Movement Advancement Project,” says Bolder Giving’s Executive Director Jason Franklin. “Give OUT Day aims to raise awareness of the need to support LGBTQ nonprofits and elevate the level of LGBTQ philanthropy.”
How can you support Give OUT Day?
Contact your local LGBTQ or Pride center right away! Help them get signed up so that people in your area can donate to them. They can access a Tool Kit with resources to help them maximize their success.
Spread the word via Social Media. On Twitter, use hashtag #giveOUTday or mention @giveOUTday — it’s that easy!
Become a Champion! Champions are teams (or individuals) who work on behalf of nonprofits to get them donations. Sign up under a nonprofit who has already registered and set up your fundraising page.
Donate. That one is pretty obvious.
To find out more about Give OUT Day, visit http://www.giveoutday.org.
And if all else fails give a $20 to your favorite lesbian… bloggers… who lives in Miami… #IJS