Just Happens to be LGBT: Resolutions for the LGBT community
Published: December 30, 2013
4) Find every possible way to embrace racial, ethnic and economic LGBT diversity. Not every gay couple looks like Cameron and Mitchell from Modern Family. Most gay couples do not share in their wealth, either. Of course we all know that, but the predominant media portrayals of LGBT people often trend toward male, white and upper middle class. Occasionally, there are beacons of freshness and diversity, such as the character of Sophia on the Netflix original show Orange is the New Black—an African-American transgender inmate who is actually portrayed by a transgender actor. But media portrayals aside, even in San Antonio there are certain LGBT advocacy groups that could stand to see more involvement and activity by non-white and middle- or working-class persons. While some groups could do more to court diversity, it’s also necessary for the diverse and underrepresented to push their way towards a seat at the table.
5) We need more opportunities for community education and diversity training. When the issue of the non-discrimination ordinance controversy arose, there should have been a more comprehensive training network in existence whereby those who did not understand LGBT discrimination could have been invited to attend, listen and participate. By this, I mean both allies and opponents. While some opponents might have balked at receiving an invitation to attend a diversity training session, some people would have been open to the idea. Likewise, there should be continuous offerings to guide people through the coming out process, family support groups, youth/young adult programs and senior support groups. An LGBT community center will be the crucial space for such offerings one day in the future.