Chris Brennan had an about a speech from astrologer Lee Lehman in which Lee drew many parallels between the discrimination faced by astrologers and gay individuals, quoting Lee: “One of the major problems with astrology is that astrologers themselves do not recognize that the status of astrology is a political issue, and that the position of astrologers in our society is completely analogous to the position of gay people before Stonewall.”
She then proceeded to outline the parallels between the astrological and gay communities, all of which she later argues are tell-tale signs of political discrimination:
· You generally cannot spot an astrologer on the street. Thus, talking about ‘coming out’ about one’s interest in astrology is a completely comprehensible concept.
· There is a substantial conservative religious community reviles both homosexuals and astrologers. Thus, the practice of either could be considered to be a ‘sin’.
· An astrologer may find it difficult to tell his or her family, friends, etc.
· An astrologer could lose face in social circles for admitting interest in astrology.
· An astrologer could be harassed or even arrested.
· An astrologer could observe parents stopping their children from trick-or-treating at the astrologer’s house.
· An astrologer could experience job discrimination or delays in promotion because of his or her’s interests, and this is legal because belief in astrology is not something for which there are anti-discrimination statutes.
· The naming of astrological organizations using euphemisms, like ‘geocosmic’.
Uranus (no scatalogical jokes, please!) is often associated with both homosexuality and astrology, […]