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21st Century Lesbian Trailer Trash

These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

Location: California, United States

Saturday, February 18, 2006

I Just Don't Get It

Lesbian Cop In Benefits Battle Dies
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

February 18, 2006 - 12:00 pm ET

(Toms River, New Jersey)

"Lt. Laurel Hester died Saturday morning at her home only weeks after winning a long battle with Ocean County freeholders over who would get her benefits. She was 49."

"Hester's longtime partner Stacie Andree was at her bedside when she died."

20-some years of service to her community and she has to spend her final days battling city hall, literally, to be able to leave her benefits to her life partner. Instead of enjoying the time they had left together.

I am sick unto death of the injustice. She paid her money just like everyone else. She did her job. She dedicated her life to Truth, Justice, and The American Way. How dare they make her beg for her due.

I don't care if you don't approve of her "life style." I don't care if you carefully write your laws to exclude those who are not heterosexual. It does not make you right.

No matter how hard you try to marginalize my life, I am not going away. When I die, there will be 10 more of your children and grandchildren standing behind me demanding what is rightfully theirs.

None of us can arbitrarily pick and choose who in this country shall live in a democracy and who shall not. Like it or not, we're all in this together.

If you must be outraged, be outraged about the government lack of response to the hurricane disasters.

Be outraged that our President believes it his God given right to break the law if it suits him.

Be outraged about the fact that we still have high infant mortality rates in this country. Be outraged that we still have ill-fed, ill-housed, and ill-clothed children in this country. Be outraged that your tax dollars do not buy your children a first class education.

Be outraged to know that if you and your spouse are lucky enough to grow old together, one of you will no doubt suffer a catastrophic illness like cancer or Alzheimers, that will bankrupt you and leave the surviving partner penniless to finish out his or her life.

Be outraged that we are dangerously close to leaving our children and grandchildren a devastated planet.

Get your sorry ass out of my bedroom and into the streets before you have nothing left to fight for.

Kinja, the weblog guide


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