I took a sigh before logging into WordPress. I’m a strong supporter of LGBT equality both here in the States and globally. I try to learn more and more LGBT American history because it was never taught in school. Especially when I was going to school; graduated high school in 2003, in a time where homophobia was even more rampant than it is now. There are still, of course, more laws that need to be passed and enforced to keep the LGBT community safe such as addressing the appalling homicide rates of transgender people, taking domestic violence seriously amongst same sex couples, and banning companies in some states from firing people simply for being in a same sex relationship. I also speak out as a Christian about how homosexuality is not seen as a sin in the Bible. The word translated from Hebrew actually means paedophilia. The Bible finds paedophilia, not homophobia, sinful and evil because duh it is. It wasn’t translated into the word homosexual until the 1940s, and if anyone claims the Dead Sea Scrolls found in the 1940s claim otherwise they’re forgeries. The mistranslation done on purpose didn’t really take hold until the 1970s when gay culture started to grow and not be so hidden underground in shame. Then again trying to pinpoint precisely what is gay culture is another story for another night.
Ah, I mentioned I needed your help. My goodness, yes, yes my God yes I need your help. I’ve been an adoptee rights activist for over nineteen years. I was nominated last year to be on Ted Talks out of thousands, though I didn’t make the cut. I’ve been published numerous times in newspapers. I’m friends with people such as Joyce Bahr who runs Unsealed Initiative and Arun Dohle who has appeared on the BBC News and will appear on Ted Talks to discuss how corrupt international adoption is. The reason I mention this isn’t to brag, but to simply say I have done my research. I know what I am talking about.
I’m going to try to recap for you as quickly as I can what is going on here in NYS and why I and over 600,000 other New Yorkers really, really need your help.
Eighty-three years ago Senator Lehman of New York, from Brooklyn, bought two kidnapped children from the human trafficker Georgia Tann. You can read about her in The Baby Thief by Barbara Raymond. Tann created the birthparent privacy lie. Also, between common sense and my numerous interviews with first mothers and psychology professors wanting privacy from your own child simply because they were born at an inopportune time is psychologically abnormal. Senator Lehman convinced the New York State government to seal original birth certificates and adoption records, and then became governor himself, in order to hide what he did. That is the only reason why original birth certificates and adoption records are still sealed to this day in the state of New York.
Because of this sealing it has allowed a plethora of unethical and corrupt behaviour to occur when it comes to adoptions not just in NY, but across the US, and in Canada, Ireland, Australia, France, Spain, Greece, South Korea, and other countries. The sealing has allowed things like illegal trafficking of infants and toddlers via fake adoptions from Canada and Ireland into New York, writing abandonment on an infant’s papers in foster care when they weren’t, forcing mothers to sign relinquishment papers when they were heavily drugged on hospital drugs, bullying pregnant mothers such as telling them giving their child away is their only method of redemption and that they are only objects carrying a baby for someone else, and so much other bullcrap. No, most out of family adoptions have not been done ethically or for the betterment of the child. No, this isn’t an attack on most adoptive parents. Some are horrible; really horrible, but most I like to believe are good. The adoptive parents are almost always not the problem.
Right now, June 2019 after twenty years we finally have had our bill A5494 pass the Senate. We also got a super majority of cosponsors in the Assembly. Bill A5494 will unseal original birth certificates. What does this mean? All adult adoptees in New York State will know: their biological parents’ names, their original name, own what was stolen from them, help adoptees quickly gain access to biological family medical information including life saving, be given to the children of adoptees if the adoptee died, know their heritage, make connections if safe and possible, and expose even more unethical behaviour and corruption besides what has been exposed already such as purposely lying about what an adoptee’s heritage and/or race is.
So, what’s the problem and why do I and 600,000 other New Yorkers desperately need the support of the LGBT community? Look, we got two lesbians in the Senate who are powerful. Weinstein, who is an adopter and a lawyer, and Glick who is the head of education when she shouldn’t be because she doesn’t care about the equality of adoptees and therefore doesn’t care about equality for adoptee students. Year after year these two do everything in their power to block the bill to unseal original birth certificates from becoming a law; a huge stride forward in adoptee equality and a necessary bill for some adoptees to obtain quick biological family medical information in life or death situations as adoption agencies don’t have to give biological family medical information if they don’t want to even if the biological mother wants to give it which you can read about in A Hole in My Heart by Lorraine Dusky. Published in 2015, it still rings true today. Weinstein told Joyce Bahr, a first mother and activist of forty years, who lost her son to adoption and then lost her son to his self inflicted damage caused by his adoption trauma, that if more support was gained she would listen. Well, she’s refused simply because she’s not a nice person and doesn’t wanted adopted people to have equality. It’s shameful that two women who come from a discriminated group themselves want to block equality and continue to discriminate another group of discriminated people, and yes some people are both LGBT and an adoptee.
Both Glick of NYC and Weinstein of Brooklyn have a lot of power in opposing equality for adoptees based on lies they’ve been called out for over and over and over again by mothers of adoption loss. Glick and Weinstein gain supporters through their work as women’s rights advocates and LGBT advocates. I am asking you to remember millions of adoptees in America are women. Millions of adoptees in America are also members of the LGBT community.
So what do I need from you? Three simple things.
- If it’s not too late call Heastie’s office June 15 or June 16th at 518-455-3791 and tell him to please bring A5494 to a vote now.
- Share this article with every single LGBT person you know especially those who live in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
- Be vocal and explain that Glick and Weinstein do not support the LGBT community since they do not support LGBT adoptees and should no longer advocate for non-adopted LGBT people in New York as well. We don’t need two horrible senators advocating for us. They need to lose voters.
Us? Well, being in my thirties I figure as hard as this is for me to do I need to come out at some point. Yes, some of my friends knew for years like Brian Moe, who is gay and a fabulous dancer and I wrote an article about him on here. I’m bisexual. Probably an unconventional way of coming out but if I’m asking for support from the LGBT community I better explain I am a member. Plus, at some point I was going to have to rip the plaster off. Trust me, that was not easy for me to do whatsoever. Tune in next week when I discuss, will I remain a member of the Catholic Church? We’ll see by November 19th.