AZ EGY BÁN GYA HOW TO PUT EQUALITY INTO PRACTICE? - MEK

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AZ EGY BÁN GYA HOW TO PUT EQUALITY INTO PRACTICE? - MEK

IV. Putting equality into practiceimportant for young people to be able to introduce themselves within akind of open gay community because they lose their heterosexual naturalfamily in a small or a large way. (T. B.)In comparison to young LGBT people there is even less attentionpaid to the special needs of old ones. In the aging societies of thedeveloped world in a certain stage of their life LGBT people are likelyto find themselves in old people’s homes where they can start their“liberalisation” or coming out process all over again.Our society, our population is becoming older because there are fewerchildren the past forty-fifty years. That means that older gays and lesbiansfind that after they have been out and been living in the gay community,they have to return to the heterosexual community when they go into oldpeople’s homes where they have to face regulations in which there is oftenno place for gay and lesbian people. If people are living in a heterosexualrelationship and one dies and the other needs more help, that person canmeet others in an old people’s home, but if a lesbian or gay is coming intothat home, then they have to start their whole liberation all over again. (T. B.)Implementing equal treatment practices for old LGBT people istherefore an issue that can be expected to attract increasing social attentionin the future. In addition it can be mentioned that LGBT people who haveto spend some time in hospitals or other institutions of the health care andthe social care system can also have similar experiences, though – if it isonly a temporary stay – perhaps to a lesser extent.Harmonising religious beliefs with one’s non-heterosexual sexualorientation is often regarded as an issue not to be included in the scopeof equal treatment practices. However, it can still be important to referto the findings of The Social Dialogue on Homosexuality, Religion, Lifestyle,and Ethics project initiated by the Dutch COC together with religiousorganisations, especially because certain discriminatory practices seemto be closely related to religious beliefs. On the other hand, it can alsobe pointed out that in the present European context it can beincreasingly problematic to define the LGBT movement as being anexclusively “white and secular” movement.A lot of religious gays, whether they are Christian, Catholic, or whatever,feel they belong to their religion in the first place and in the second placethey try to find and expression for their sexual orientation. I won’t saythat this accounts for everybody, but it does make a large difference. Ifyou look at it from that point of view, then you will find that the current117

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