lesbians...think it's kind of like a black and white couple madly
in love with each other in a restaurant circa 1980. They would have
been whispered about, ridiculed, pointed at, maybe not even served.
And today it's almost, underline almost, universally acceptable.
Photo: Ordination of Gene Robinson as first openly gay Bishop-
Nov 1st '03
Prior to 1955
they'd probably be shot if they were dining in Weeziana. Separate water
fountains, hotels, buses.... God bless Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
So yeah, the whole gay thing is just getting to that societal processing
point, acceptability phase if you will, followed closely in hand by
the internalization of cultural values and mores into the so-called
American establishment. Marriage, healthcare, life insurance issues
scrutinized and modified as we speak.
Gay public school might be pushing it, but who am I to judge.
With all of the major crises we're faced with today, seems kind of silly
we're consumed with what two consenting adults undertake in the bedroom.
Doesn't it? And all the trivial gossip and innuendo that follows. Should
that really matter in the big picture? Say you have the number one rated
show on television, ya think people would stop watching cause you're
gay? Or the most cutting edge column on the web. Readers would be so
taken aback by the thought of what might go on behind Charlie Rich closed
doors they could do without thought provoking commentary and observational
Think it would be worse if you were gay and never said anything about
it. Ashamed of being born differently, downtrodden by years of derogatory
public sentiment, linkage of homosexual behavior with pedophilia in
the same breath, not to mention well respected Senator Rick Santorum
gay bashing, that you thought it best to stay in the coat closet and
Reminds me back in the day when I attended an all boys Catholic high
school after 11 years of public education. Having no girls to look at
was bad enough, but it wasn't easy matriculating as a Jew. Kids can
be very cruel and vicious, then they grow up to be ignorant adults.
Made the football team and proved that Jewish people are in fact, normal.
As the season progressed I became bold and wore my Star of David outside
my shirt and all of a sudden 15 kids came out of the woodwork and said
"Hey I'm Jewish, too". Not like I lit a Menorah, but the point
is you should never be ashamed of your heritage and who you really are
in life, no matter what the consequences.
FDR said it best, we're always leery or apprehensive of the unknown.
From getting that new computer at work to trying sushi/tofu for
the first time to meeting a stranger and 6 months later promising
you'll spend eternity with them, that's the beauty of this wacky
world. Ya just never know what will happen, tomorrow.
Maybe it is time for homosexuality to settle down into the mainstream
rather than be driven to the alternative outskirts of San Francisco,
Key West, Provincetown. Not that there's anything wrong with that,
but what's so bad about Omaha, Des Moines, Wichita, Little Rock...
Barry Mitchell November 2003
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