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Jul. 6th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing that! I love how active JB is and how he takes a public stand. But OMG, I started to read the comments and wanted to vomit. I love how people start with "live and let live" and then go on to say vile things. They make a statement to tell others they aren't homophobic and then make homophobic statements. Sorry for the tangent...
Jul. 6th, 2012 01:26 pm (UTC)
I will say that sometimes I am just ashamed to be a human being.

This bit by mnementh in the comments just annoyed the heck out of me:

"It is illegal for a shop, bar, restaurant etc. to refuse service on the grounds of sexuality. But there are Bars, for instance, that advertise the fact that they are 'Gay Bars'. If I owned a Bar and advertised it as a 'Straight Bar' I would be arrested, and rightly so, under the Sex Discrimination Act.

It is this inequality that annoys so many 'straight' people."

What about the inequality that the LGBT community has had to endure throughout history? What about the persecution, the beatings, the murders? No one is doing these things to 'straight' people solely because they are 'straight'. Gay bars are seen as a 'safe' place one can go to without fear. All other bars are by definition 'straight' bars. It's the default setting. How can anyone not see that?

I fear for my species. Stupidity seems to be running rampant these days. That, and religious insanity. I'm not gay, I don't even have any gay friends (snarky bit there), but my mother raised me up to accept everyone, regardless of however different from me they may be.

I wouldn't mind a gay boyfriend, though. I love that song.
Jul. 6th, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
The funny thing is that same arguments, at least in America (I know that article is from a British site), have been made about race in the past (and even some people now). I have heard someone say that in the US we have a Back History Month and it is inequality because we don't have a White History Month. People fail to realize that white is the default setting in the US just like heterosexuality.

I get a really unique perspective because I am bisexual, so based on my past relationships, I have been seen to the outside world a default heterosexual and a lesbian. It is still me, the same person in everything else, and the differences in how I am treated are just based on my partner. Thankfully, I live in a more accepting area so at worst there are murmured words and stares, but it is still noticible. And of course there are places I've avoided PDA with a female partner (if going there couldn't be avoided) even in the US, because voilence against homosexuals even occurs in this county (so I couldn't imagine how awful it is in those 78 countries). I know the fact I am a woman also effects how people see it because gay men tend to have a tougher time being accepted than lesbians (when I came out to my parents my dad was shocked but eventually told me that at least I was a woman, two women together are ok but it wouldn't be ok if I was a man because two men together are just unacceptable... *facepalm*).
Jul. 9th, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
Well, earlier I wrote a whole long reply that suddenly vanished into the ether. Bah! I don't see why people care who loves whom, or who anyone has sex with, so long as it's consensual and both are of age. The present state of my country (the US) disturbs me greatly, and I feel helpless to do anything about it. I vote, I sign petitions, but it all seems so little against the amount of ignorance, and just plain stupidity that is rampant these days. I comfort myself by remembering that life is change, and nothing, even the worst of times, lasts forever. Small comfort is better than none, I guess. Sorry to be so down about it, but it's hard not to be.
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