City of Roses
|Recently, I've been lead to believe that the FDA may quite possibly be in my mind the single greatest social institution in need of reform right now.
Earlier I felt the FDA struck me nowadays as a small lobbyist interest group. Now, after hearing this, I fear it just may be worse than that; it may even be a small politically-minded lobbyist interest group.
Sexual activity period is really how sperm should be evaluated, and I believe ALL sperm should be screened or tested this same manner. I've personally come to believe myself that it is incredibly misleading to generalize gays as being most particularly HIV positive in sperm results. These new rules are just discriminating to me.
My only brother, Larry, is gay. I'm not, but I've always been close to him and have never wished for anything but for him to be happy. And it breaks my heart to see many civil liberties deteriorating as it is, but especially toward gays and lesbians and two other co-cultures; the homeless and Arab-Americans/Muslims/Islamists.
I believe this is just one of many recent negatively-minded gestures to te gay and lesbian community. Recently in Texas they passed this bill to make it illegal for gays to be foster parents, and even takes away children from those gay citizens who are already parents. There's similar negative advances happening elsewhere. And some of it isn't even merely discriminating to me, it's hatred as well.
Regardless of what your personal opinion is on same sex marriage (I am for it, but am patient understanding that many others aren't so), I believe there exists a dangerous anti-gay vibe in our culture right now that I find very saddening. That's why I brought up this topic, because I believe there's a dimension to this beyond merely the idea that this is just a waste of time and pointless. It seems to indicate to me the FDA itself is being influenced by this vibe somehow.
I don't know what else to say here, I'm shocked and I'm speechless, and I feel for my brother very much and his boyfriend Colin.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"