We are a country of inclusiveness, as is evident by our very name: The United States of America. How we treat transgender soldiers should be no different.
Politics & Law
Alarmingly, there are still differing opinions on conversion "therapy." My opinion? That you can't call it therapy if you need therapy when it's over.
Here is my editorial recently featured in the Reno Gazette-Journal. Why do I believe as I do? Because science, that's why.
You can no longer regularly read Dear Abby without finding a sexual issue--and those sexual issues are increasingly the subject of her advice. But sexuality is also making its way regularly to the actual news sections of newspapers and online news mediums. Consider this recent column from the New York Times:
...mash-up of the nouns "cuckold" and "conservative." A lively fresh term of derision for those tired of using "RINO" and who are looking to sexually emasculate those men who attempt a thoughtful Republican view. See also entries under "bitch."
In the slow-moving train wreck that is the House of Representatives' struggle to find a Republican Speaker, Sexual Futurist notes that many frustrated Republicans have taken to considering men (men only need apply) who are not currently even in the House. Many have suggested Newt Gingrich. He has said he's willing to serve. Of course he is. But Republicans have not yet considered, at least not in public, a man who seems like the perfect exemplary of their brand.
Just like the National Rifle Association grades politicians to let 2nd Amenders know how to protect their gun rights, Sexual Futurist thought it might be a good idea to grade politicians to allow people with a sexuality know how to vote. But if it was easy then someone else would have already done this right? Truth is, "people with a sexuality" is pretty much everyone BUT we typically allow ourselves to become splintered so we have women's groups promoting women's rights as if men don't have a stake in gender equality.
Pulling back the modesty curtain covering our national discomfort with sexuality is a service sexual futurists gladly offer the world. Ignorance, the alternative, doesn't have much to recommend it. For example, consider Scott Walker, a very popular Republican who holds views typical of his party's positions on human sexuality. He recently stated he didn't know if being gay was a choice or not.
When talking about Republican politics in 2015, terms like "clown car" have become so cliché that they no longer suffice. Even "reality show," a genre that is about anything but reality, seems inadequate. What has happened to the Grand Old Party? Not surprisingly for sexual futurists, the debacle is largely about sexuality. This sorry pass began in the 1960s with the infamous "Southern strategy." From Nixon's political strategist Kevin Phillips.