Saturday, 10 November 2012
What Price, Gay Paradise
It feels like gays have won planetary liberty, at least at a soul-felt level, across the globe.
At the same time, there are far too many tragedies playing out and in many ways the war is in no way anywhere near over.
Even in the few countries with universal human rights -- including, one would hope, sexual privacy as all Canadians since Prime Minister Trudeau have shared -- battles remain fought, many with horrible endings.
GLBT rights are spreading slowly throughout the world. Even in faraway, unlikely places like Malawi.
Most often the fights that remain are started by foolish warriors. GLBT battles are rarely, if ever, these days perpetuated by anyone except hyper-straight-acting juiced-up male goons, conservative politicians, or religious fundamentalists (of any faith).
hasn't caused a massive increase in the gay population. Dick pics aren't just a dime a dozen, they are pretty much completely free (no links necessary).
As much as the freedom of the internet has benefited the GLBT community, our population hasn't exploded because of it. This alone proves that efforts against the "promotion" of GLBT rights won't prevent gayness in anyone who isn't already.
Perhaps most sinister are the people who accept that homosexuals exist, but instead of accepting gay folks for who they are inside, would prefer to have gays seal their feelings inside and live a conformist's life in a miserable "traditional" marriage, or in religious-style celibacy.
No links are needed to demonstrate that a pile of religious conservatives have themselves been a part of gay scandals, or worse -- and mostly unrelated -- child molestation. As always, it's important to note that most child molesters are male, and most are straight, but who knows if being closeted and self-hating doesn't work to make some lash-out in the most horrible ways.
Being totally honest with myself and others has certainly made me a happier person overall, but at the same time I have felt obligated to take-on the battles of our community. Even in the proverbial land of Freedom, the United States of America, battles are fought every day for respect, safety, and basic civil rights.
There will always be hate in the world. Humanity is chock full of it. But at the same time, having an out-of-the-closet gay in your family, group of friends, neighbourhood or at workplaces everywhere encourages everyone to carefully consider their outward expressions of hate towards our community.
It's time for the other side to bottle-up their feelings, for a change. We're tired of it.
And we're winning.