I gag when people say they are getting “Gay” shoved down their throat. Is it just me, or is that a ROFL unfortunate choice of metaphors?
TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT THE “GAYS”? Turn them into neighbors. When you transform 10% of the population into outlaws you make it harder for them to be as boring as you are. I yearn to talk for hours about how to keep dandelions out of bluegrass lawn or compare coffee brands and surgical scars. LGBT people would be a lot more like you if you set a place for them at the table.
George Wallace did not think himself a bigot when he stood in that school house door. Bigots never think they are. They are defending tradition, a way of life, Jesus and the flag. George actually reconsidered when he got some wheelchair time. There never has been a bigot that knew or admitted they were.
I recently left (slammed the door on my way out) a small backwater social site (Gather). Every time I visited I was treated to people telling me I was going to hell, God (the Christian one) hated my sin, I was a menace to society, a danger to children (pedophile) and a sociopath.
You betchore BIPPEE that was fun.
At 63 I have a tree to plant and an elderly dog to shepherd a bit longer. It’s not that I can’t do battle with internet fools… but would it matter if I did?
The experience makes me want to say these things:
The notion that It is offensive to compare the struggle of LGBT people to the civil rights movement of the 60’s… is absurd. It demeans me.
The Black struggle is not identical to the Native American struggle. Prejudice faced by Asian Americans is different from the bigotry the Irish American immigrants faced. The current rash of hate crimes against American Muslims differs from the prejudice Catholics long faced in America. Bigotry has different faces.
There is strong correspondence between groups who struggle for an equal seat at the table. The best of us don’t want freedom and justice for ourselves… we want it for everyone. When separate drinking fountains were outlawed in America a funny thing happened. Prejudice against African Americans didn’t die, but it looks less virulent than it did in the 1950s. Law matters.
It is offensive to me that someone who has experienced prejudice can ignore the death of Matthew Shepard as another kind of “strange fruit”.
Let’s talk about how I have equal rights (already) because we can all marry someone of the opposite sex. Even if we don’t want to. That is a shallow word game. Gay and Lesbian people (who have existed since humanity began), sometimes pair and live their lives with a same sex partner. They (we) do this in spite of the fact that it is not socially, legally sponsored or encouraged… It might just be real.
Those who claim they are not bigots but want to keep marriage “sacred” dodge the reality that marriage is a state sponsored legal contract that can be blessed by religion or not. Gay marriages performed by churches with the exchange of sincere vows “before god” are not legal unless recognized by law. Heterosexual “civil unions” performed by a justice of the peace without God in attendance still entitle legal rights even if it might be the 5th serial monogamy union.
When contested, those who wish to keep marriage “sacred” usually end up talking about who pokes whom and where… the slippery slope to goat fricking and committed relationships with chickens. On the way down they show their complete contempt for Lesbian and Gay people.
Sure looks like bigotry to me.
When I first joined Social sites I made the mistake of telling a painful personal story. I have since related stories about how marriage has mattered to some of my friends. How someone I know was legally able to stay home and care for his husband after surgery.
Pearls before swine.
Science increasingly confirms that homosexuality is biological. Biology is not a “choice”.
HOMOPHOBIA IS A CHOICE, a nasty bigoted lifestyle choice.