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Extra protections are not special privileges – a clarification

28 Aug

There is nothing ‘special’  about being singled out for harassment on the basis of your (actual or perceived) sexual orientation or gender identity. There is nothing ‘privileged’ about being part of an underserved, under-represented population that frequently has its fundamental rights restricted or challenged.

Seems pretty straightforward, right?

We wanted to highlight that fundamental fact in response to a comment we received a couple of days ago. This comment from William calls out Safe Streets AZ and programs like it as being unfair and non-inclusive. This person argues that programs geared towards a specific population –in this case lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identified youth and young adults– provide ‘special privileges’ to those people. Continue reading

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