Members of the LGBT community too often need to hide behind a mask, at least at times. Part of what I feel compelled to hide is my politics. Not being liberal is often surprising within the community, sometimes even frowned upon. I’m not a Democrat—nor am I a Republican. I accept and reject bits of both. I can’t accept the contradictions of either.
“We’re for freedom,” proclaim the Democrats, “but give us your money so we can decide how to spend it.”
“No, we are the ones for freedom,” counter the Republicans, “because we support small government. As long as we can control your personal life.”
Instead of either of these approaches, I try to apply to all political decisions the principle of individual rights, which declares that each person has a right to use his or her reason to make decisions for his or her own life (whether wise or unwise), to act on those decisions (as long as those actions don’t violate someone else’s rights), and to own the consequences (whether good or bad).
That means if I decide that being a lesbian is right for me, I can be a lesbian. If I want to marry my partner, I should be allowed to do so. It also means that I have the right to work and keep my wages, or I have the right to not work; but if I don’t work, I can’t take someone else’s wages to support me.
In my columns for GayRVA, I hope to expand some minds to see the ways we can all more fully accept objective standards for what individual rights and equality truly means. I daresay I’ll stir some criticism, but I hope to stretch some thinking, too.
Annie Tobey is a freelance writer and editor living in Richmond, Virginia. For six years, she’s shared her philosophical passions through V Magazine for Women, combining love for life, the diversity of women, and a celebration of success in all its forms, on the printed page and online, now at www.MyVMagazine.com. She also shares her joie de vivre as a travel writer at www.ActiveWomanTraveler.com. She welcomes freelance opportunities for writing and editing, helping businesses present a polished written message that builds a quality brand. Contact her at email@example.com.
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