Library holds LGBTQ panel

Equality discussion
I prefer to discuss sexuality openly because even those most opposed to homosexuality tend to come to understand that gay people are just people, too.

The San Marcos Public Library will be holding a panel discussion about the reality of being gay in San Marcos at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Organizers from Texas State University and the library collaborated to host potentially a series of panels discussing the separate facets of sexuality, such as gender identity, sexual orientation and gender expression.

Dr. Michael L. Casey, senior lecturer at the Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State University has helped organize this panel called Being Gay in San Marcos: A Panel Discussion. The other panelists are Jim Pendergast, who is the father of a gay son, and Corporal Sue Taylor, who serves at the University Police Department.

Casey said this is an avenue for open discussion with those who might not understand or even accept the LGBTQIA community.

“I prefer to discuss sexuality openly because even those most opposed to homosexuality tend to come to understand that gay people are just people, too,” Casey said.

The discussion will be guided by questions from the audience regarding what life is like for LGBTQIA citizens in San Marcos. Casey explains that open discussions help lead people towards the more positive end of the Riddle Homophobia scale, a psychometric scale that essentially measures the levels of homophobic attitude.

“This sort of new line of thought tends to align with tolerance on the Riddle Homophobia scale,” Casey said. “As more and more folks move toward the positive end of that scale, society becomes a safer place for all.”

The Scale ranges from the negative side of the scale starting with repulsion, which sees homosexuality as a crime against nature, to tolerance which views homosexuality as a phase of adolescent development and acceptance which implies there is something to accept.

Positive levels of attitude on the Riddle Homophobia scale include support which involves work to safeguard the rights of lesbians and gays, to appreciation which involves valuing the diversity of people and seeing gays/lesbians as a valid part of that diversity.

The panel is free and open to the public and residents from different political and theological views are encouraged to attend.

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