Take, for example, a new measure making headway in the Tennessee Senate, SB49. Dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, it would make it illegal for educators to discuss any sexuality other than heterosexuality with students from kindergarten to eighth grade.
Not only is this legislation horribly offensive to gay men and women everywhere, it’s also potentially damaging to children. Contrary to the idiots and homophobes who believe this bill is a good idea, there are many kids out there who have gay parents. I wonder what it does to a kid to have state-mandated shame over their parents’ relationship? And how about the kids who are just starting to realize they might be gay themselves? It must be really fantastic for their self esteem to be brought up being taught by default that being gay is something so awful it can’t even be mentioned in school. Whatever happened to teaching tolerance so we can start to rid our schools of hateful bullying and subsequent suicides? Better we should try to erase gays from schools completely? Stupid. As. Shit.
A person who would love this fucked up piece of shit legislation in Tennessee is Ryan Sorba, the chairman of the Young Conservatives of California. In this speech he recently gave, he tells his fellow homophobes to stop using the word “gay” when discussing gay people because it gives LGBT peeps an identity. He goes on to say that they should refer to gay people as “sodomites” among other choice terms. His logic clearly is that, aside from what gays do in the bedroom, our relationships are irrelevant and therefore should not be acknowledged even in conversation.
And then there was this business of a billboard that went up in New York. It was paid for by Planned Parenthood and depicted two men with the words, “Someone you know is in love.” Here is a pic of the billboard, isn’t it TERRIBLE?!
There was an outcry from conservatives (read: haters) who said that the billboard was offensive. What are we supposed to tell our children? Ummm… how about telling them the fucking truth: that some men fall in love with other men, and some women fall in love with other women, and we shouldn’t discriminate against them. Funny how you don’t hear a public outcry from these people over billboards for strip clubs or alcohol – gays should remain hidden, but strippers, totally cool.
The truth is, that whether these assholes like it or not, and no matter what your religion says, gay people and our relationships are a reality. We’re here, bitches. And these pathetic attempts to erase us from public discourse are sad and homophobic to the max. You may not like us, but we are American citizens and we deserve equal protection and equal rights under the law.
For those of you who still think you can sweep us under your hideous Walmart area rug, I have one thing to say: GLEE, Fox, Tuesday nights at 8:00.