Understanding the LGBT Agenda

Here’s a great summary of the LGBT (“Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender”) agenda by Kelsey Harkness at The Daily Signal.  She reported on a four-day LGBT conference that took place alongside the Democratic National Convention:

More than two dozen national leaders discussed the future of the LGBT movement during a four-day Equality Forum at the Democratic National Convention. . . .

 

“The future of the LGBT movement hinges largely on the outcome of this election,” Kevin Jennings, executive director of the Arcus Foundation, said at a global LGBT summit held in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention.

Jennings, issuing a warning to a mostly friendly audience, said there are “two very different visions for LGBT equality in the Republican and Democratic platforms.”

More than 25 prominent leaders of the national LGBT movement, including elected officials and other influential voices, gathered for the four-day event called the Equality Forum.

Source: A Look Inside 4 Important Goals of the LGBT Movement

Harkness identified four major goals of the LGBT agenda coming out of this conference:

1.The Equality Act. Here’s Harkness again:

Passing this federal legislation is perhaps the most important short-term goal. Wolfson, the former president of Freedom to Marry, called it “unfinished business.”

The Equality Act, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity among prohibited categories of discrimination.

According to one of the most influential LGBT advocacy groups, the Human Rights Campaign, the legislation would apply to areas of “employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education, and jury service.”

Conservatives worry the measure undermines First Amendment rights to free speech and religious liberty.

They say it would limit the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, signed into law by President Bill Clinton, forcing private business owners to violate their religious beliefs about marriage and mandating that people be allowed into restrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms, and similar facilities based on their gender identity.

2. Overturning state legislation perceived to be anti-LGBT.

3. Using the courts to advance the LGBT agenda.

4. Forming alliances with other groups, eg. Black Lives Matter

I recommend reading the whole article.  It will get you up to speed on this important dimension of the culture wars. JG