Let us remember to love our neighbors as ourselves
and respect the dignity of every person.
Let us remember: A child doesn’t understand things like love, human decency.
A child knows nothing of hatred, bigotry, homophobia, prejudice.
Earlier today I re-read the GOP statement noted in the 2016 RNC platform. “Reaffirming the Constitution’s fundamental principles: limited government, separation of powers, individual liberty, and the rule of law.”
“We denounce bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, ethnic prejudice, and religious intolerance.” Therefore, we oppose discrimination based on race, sex, religion, creed, disability, or national origin and support statutes to end such discrimination.
Regarding violations of personal integrity and other human rights. Addressing Homophobia: “Homophobia, in any of its manifestations and expressed by any person, should be exposed as a public health problem and a threat to human dignity and human rights.” – World Health Organization.
LGBT people are not the spawn of the devil: Being LGBT is not a belief system, a philosophy, or a doctrine. My family members and friends ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.
The Constitution grants them that right.
Discrimination has everything to do with hostility: The county needs to adopt clear and defined positions regarding the protection of human dignity. The county needs to adopt clearly defined actions for the prevention and control of homophobia as a public health problem that negatively impacts the enjoyment of civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights.
Tennessee: Sexual Orientation: The term “sexual orientation” is loosely defined as a person’s pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or more than one sex or gender. Laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation primarily protect or harm lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. That said, transgender people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual can be affected by laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation.
Tennessee: No state law prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and 0-25% of state population is protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation through local ordinances.
Tennessee: Gender Identity: “Gender identity” is a person’s deeply-felt inner sense of being male, female, or something else or in-between. “Gender expression” refers to a person’s characteristics and behaviors such as appearance, dress, mannerisms and speech patterns that can be described as masculine, feminine, or something else. Gender identity and expression are independent of sexual orientation, and transgender people may identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual. Laws that explicitly mention “gender identity” or “gender identity and expression” primarily protect or harm transgender people. These laws also can apply to people who are not transgender, but whose sense of gender or manner of dress does not adhere to gender stereotypes.
Tennessee: *No state law prohibiting employment discrimination based on gender identity and 0-25% of state population is protected from discrimination based on gender identity through local ordinances.
Sevier County Commission: Mr. Hurst was never forced to remain silent on his views on LGBTQ people; nor was he asked to support equality.
Mr. Hurst’s remarks were his choice: they are preconceived, intolerant, damaging, detrimental, harmful, unfair, narrow-minded. Clearly hostile.
Mr. Hurst took the time to exploit his power and position to reveal a personal opinion – an opinion that is homophobic in nature.
Fostering respectful daily interactions between persons of different sexual orientations enriches everyone, it clearly promotes constructive, and peaceful ways of living together.
For some silly reason, I can’t help but thinking Mr. Hurst’s views are part and parcel of many citizens of Sevier county.
Does this county generally exclude LGBT people? Discrimination is not the way to make America great! The only way to make America great is to enact ordinances protecting everyone, including LGBT people from discrimination.
Mr. Hurst wasn’t forced to remain silent on his views on LGBT people or asked to support equality.
Mr. Hurst voluntarily exposed his homophobic views in a public forum. Hostile remarks- of
Homophobic nature should not be rewarded. Mr. Hurst should not be allowed to remain a voting board member of the Sevier County Commission.