Pro Life Gay & Lesbian Alliance

Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians ( PLAGAL Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians ) is a group of gay , lesbian , bisexual and transgender Americans . Plagal supports the ” pro-life ” position according to which life begins with conception, so that abortion would be the unjust murder of a life and should be prevented, taking care of other alternatives – what they call ” Real “or” non-violent “- for the good of the woman. They differ from other “pro-life” groups because PLAGAL supports gay marriage . 1

History and evolution

The Alliance of Gays and Lesbians Pro-Life was founded in 1990 in Minneapolis ( Minnesota ) and Washington DC under the name “Gays Against Abortion” by Tom Sena. Its first president was Philip Arcidi, who was elected in 1994 . “Gays Against Abortion” changed its name to the current “Alliance of Gays and Lesbians Pro-Life” in early 1991 to better reflect the diversity of its members: gays and lesbians. PLAGAL also brings together bisexuals, transsexuals and intersex people as well as heterosexuals.

PLAGAL has indicated pro-life research showing a link between women’s abortions and breast cancer . They have also taken the position that even if a woman is infected with HIV she should not abort because there are ways to prevent transmission of the virus from the mother. They support the expansion of access to antiretroviral drugs for all those who need such treatments, including pregnant women and their fetuses. 2

In March 2005, PLAGAL supported the legislation introduced by Republican Brian Duprey in Maine that, assuming science would discover a significant genetic component for homosexuality , would outlaw an abortion based on predicted sexual orientation.

In recent years there have been some changes in PLAGAL. The founder of PLAGAL, ​​Tom Sena, died in June of 2001; Joe Beard, another eminent member of PLAGAL, ​​also died in July of the following year. Nevertheless, the group remains active under the leadership of its current president Cecilia Brown.

Reaction of the gay and lesbian community

As the “pro-life” stance is often associated with the political ideology of religious law, many gays and lesbians consider themselves “pro-choice” and view pro-life gays and lesbians with a similar type of Disdain that is given to the preservation of interests of gay groups such as the Log Cabin Republicans and the Independent Gay Forum .

Pro-life gays and lesbians claim that their beliefs about abortion stem from beliefs that regard nonviolence , human rights and the interconnection of human rights, not from pure “negative sex” or “family values” sectarianism Traditional “. Although some members of PLAGAL are conservative, they cover the entire political spectrum and many members identify themselves as liberal, leftist or progressive. The president of PLAGAL, ​​Cecilia Brown, for example, is a member of the Green Party. Another national charge, Jackie Malone, is open to invalidating rights. 3

Back in 1994 , Chuck Volz, co-founder of the now-defunct Delaware Valley PLAGAL, ​​started a scandal in the middle of a gay spot when he condemned Philadelphia’s HIV sponsors who were to divert “crucial funds” Abortion of HIV-positive fetuses. 4

Much of the debate within the gay and lesbian community continues peacefully, if not always civically. However, in 1995 PLAGAL signed up to participate in the gay pride march of Boston and was rejected. PLAGAL set a table on the march route, where members distributed literature. During the march, the table was surrounded by people who interrupted and broke the leaflets of PLAGAL, ​​leading to the police asking PLAGAL to leave the area of ​​the march to restore order. 5

Many gay and lesbian rights organizations in the US UU. Have entered into a coalition with pro-choice interest groups. This is largely because many pro-life stakeholders and politicians oppose gay marriage and some even go so far as to support government bans on birth control , condoms, and homosexuality. Thus, many members of the LGBT community have reacted skeptically to PLAGAL, ​​and some criticize that PLAGAL has never explained the “pro-choice” counterparts on its position on the issue of condoms or only abstinence in sex education. 6

PLAGAL has distributed condoms and dental dams at public events such as the Gay Pride Marches and expressed its pro- contraceptive views on its website, in its publications and in talks and discussions. In her contribution to the book of anthology Feminism ProVida Yesterday and Today (Second Edition, ed. Mary Krane Derr, Rachel MacNair & Linda Naranjo-Huebl, Studies of the Association of Feminism and Nonviolence / XLibris 2006) Cecilia Brown, is in favor of marriages of same – sex rights of LGBT parents, birth control and sex education comprehensible 7 . It criticizes homophobia , including homophobia as part of some anti-abortionists, as a cause of unwanted pregnancies and abortions. Referring to Fig.

At the Millennium March for Equality in 2000 , major gay interest groups such as GLAAD and HRC promoted “pro-choice” public policies, despite PLAGAL’s protests. Referring to Fig.

Reactions of the community «pro-life»

In the USA UU. Some “pro-life” interest groups tend to oppose same-sex marriage, a few even oppose providing access to birth control and condoms in favor of a position where sexual activity should only occur within a traditional heterosexual marriage . Thus, some socially conservative “pro-life” interest groups are uncomfortable with an interest group that is “pro-life” and “pro-gay.”

In 2002 , Ms. Nellie Gray, the president and holder of the annual “Life for Life” permit, denied permission to PLAGAL and ordered her members to be arrested instead of participating in the 19th annual march. The incident prompted a debate within the “pro-life” movement in which it was questioned that an ideology could not be “pro-life” and “pro-gay” at the same time. Religious law is a powerful force within the “pro-life” movement in the United States, and there are currents in which they see their opposition to abortion as part of a broader agenda, which also includes opposition to homosexuality. 10

But the verdict of the “pro-life” community was divided; Other currents were placed in a position of human rights more secular, sending letters of support to PLAGAL. eleven

These individuals and organizations, affiliated with peaceful and social justice groups, see their opposition to abortion as part of a Seamless Garment Network , now called Consistent Life Ethic 12 , coupled with opposition to violence against Women, racism , poverty , nuclear weapons , the Iraq War and the death penalty .

Others see the fight against abortion in a more pragmatic way, and welcome the support of PLAGAL regardless of their position on other issues. While other “pro-life” groups support their position as part of a larger religious movement, allowing pro-gay organizations to be associated with their movement. 13

The debate remains active, but since the “pro-life” movement is not only a conservative Christian sectarian, PLAGAL has been welcomed to march on subsequent marches.

Notes and references

  1. Back to top↑ Manifesto, PLAGAL (Apr. 2014). “Non-Violence Statement” (in English) . Retrieved on 3 Nov.2015 .
  2. Back to top↑ Brown, Cecilia (March 7, 2005). ” ” The Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and lesbians ‘ ‘ (in English) . Consulted on 3 Nov. 2015 .
  3. Back to top↑ Thomas G., Klasen (1988). “A pro-life manifesto” . Crossway Books. Pp. 160 pages. ISBN  9780891074694 .
  4. Back to top↑ Gozzo, Gaia (April 2006). “The Provida case: outstanding accounts in transparency and justice” (Center for Analysis and Research AC edition). Mexico City: Founding Analysis Center. P. 63.
  5. Back to top↑ Driscoll de Alvarado, Bárbara (2005). The controversy over abortion in the United States . UNAM. Pp. 343 pages. ISBN  9789703221981 .
  6. Back to top↑ W. Munson, Ziad (2010). The Making of Pro-life Activists: How Social Movement Mobilization Works . University of Chicago Press. P. 132. ISBN  9780226551210 .
  7. Back to top↑ M. MacNair, Rachel (Jan 20, 2006). ProLife Feminism: Yesterday and Today . Xlibris Corporation. Pp. 474 pages.
  8. Back to top↑ Schmidt, Helena (Apr. 19, 2009). ” ” Speaker shares experiences as a pro-life lesbian ” ” (in English) . The Miami Hurriacane . Consulted on 3 Nov. 2015 .
  9. Back to top↑ Brown, Cecilia (Apr. 25, 2004). ” ” PLAGAL opposés gay sponsorship of women’s march ” ” (in English) . Consulted on 4 Nov. 2015 .
  10. Back to top↑ W. Munson, Ziad (2010). The Making of Pro-life Activists: How Social Movement Mobilization Works . University of Chicago Press. P. 132. ISBN  9780226551210 .
  11. Back to top↑ “Letters of Support for PLAGAL” (in English) . 23 Jan. 2002 . Consulted on 4 Nov. 2015 .
  12. Back to top↑ Consistent Life Ethic Mission & Prupose (2015). “Mission and Purpose” (in English) . Consulted on Nov. 2015 .
  13. Back to top↑ ‘ ” Gay Pro-life leaders arrested at national pro-life march ‘ ‘ (in English) . Free Republic. Jan. 23, 2002 . Consulted on 3 Nov. 2015 .