Many on this page have commented that they are “sick” of people talking about gay issues, or simply “don’t care” if someone is gay and would rather they would kept it to themselves. I find this disheartening.
There may come a day when we need not come out of the closet, and need not remind others of the terrible violence, inequity, and ostracism that LGBT people face daily simply because of who we are and who we love. But that day is not here, and more importantly will never get here, unless people continue to step forward and offer themselves as examples, often at great personal cost. I am called “faggot,” “degenerate,” “queer” and “homo” by misguided people every day of my life, even on my own page, but this does not discourage me. It only reminds me of how far we have to go.
Once upon a time I was called a “Jap” and put into a prison for four years with my entire family, for no reason other than who we were and who we looked like. It is my life’s mission to fight against the dark forces of fear and intolerance that could ever lead again to such an injustice.
Thank you for taking the time to listen. The next time you feel fatigue from hearing about LGBT issues, ask yourself this: Do we live yet in the kind of society where violence, hate and prejudice is not an issue? Until we do, be part of the solution, and stand always for justice and equality for all people.
Here’s the punch line: Old King Hamlet was an inadequate king because he was gay, an evil person because he was gay, and, ultimately, a demonic and ghostly father of lies who convinces young Hamlet to exact imaginary revenge on innocent people. The old king wasactually murdered by Horatio, in revenge for molesting him as a young boy—along with Laertes, and Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern, thereby turning all of them gay. We learn that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are now “as fusty and peculiar as an old married couple. I pity the woman who tries to wed her way into that house.”
Hamlet is damned for all the needless death he inflicts, and Dead Gay Dad will now do gay things to him for the rest of eternity: “Welcome to Hell, my beautiful son. At last we’ll be together as I always longed for us to be.”
All of this is as horrifying as it is ridiculous. It is not, however, surprising that Orson Scott Card’s primary purpose is to slander ten percent of the human race. He recently joined the board of the National Organization for Marriage, an institution which exists solely to crush gay civil rights wherever they emerge. Card has publicly stated that homosexuals will destroy America:
There is a myth that homosexuals are “born that way,” and we are pounded with this idea so thoroughly that many people think that somebody, somewhere, must have proved it … The dark secret of homosexual society—the one that dares not speak its name—is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally.” See speech here
The neurologist Simon LeVay did, in fact, demonstrate that homosexuals are “born that way” in 1991. Ivanka Savic proved it conclusively in 2008. These are rigorous scientific investigations of human neurobiology. Card’s fantasy of abuse, stated outright in his editorial and dramatized—badly—in Hamlet’s Father, has no factual basis. This should make the slander easy to dismiss, but it is painfully difficult to prove the absence of anything—or to refute someone who presumes to speak for your own unconscious wish.
Expand hate crimes legislation to include sexual orientation
Ending the military’s and Boy Scout’s restrictions on homosexuality
Stopping children as young as 5 years old from attending therapy to repair their sexual preference
Promote homosexuality in schools
In places like Massachusetts and California, where the gay lobby is the strongest, it starts as early as pre-school. They tell seven- or eight-year-old boys, “If you only like boys, there’s a chance you may be homosexual,” or “If you only like girls, maybe you are lesbian.” Well, at that age, all members of the opposite sex “have cooties.”
You’re planting a seed that can totally mess up the normal development process later, when at 12 or 14, kids enter the age of sexual confusion and discovering the opposite sex.
Force businesses to accommodate their lifestyle
Suing an online dating website for discrimination
Undermining the resolve of latent homosexuals so that their will becomes too weak to resist the temptations of homosexuality
Pushing for legalized adoption by gay individuals and couples
There have been multiple iterations of Batwoman, but none has caused quite the stir that Kate Kane did in 2006 when she was introduced by the higher-ups in DC to diversify the cape and cowl set. Regardless of the tokenism that played a role in her introduction, Kate Kane’s Batwoman has, due in no small part to the stellar writing of Greg Rucka, become a well-rounded and intensely interesting character in her own right.
This distinction is all the more ironic considering that, when Batwoman was first introduced in 1956 as Kathy Kane, Bruce Wayne’s girlfriend, she was essentially a literary beard for a character that had infamously been accused of homosexuality by the likes of Seduction of the Innocent author Frederic Wertham.
Originally appearing in the pages of Stormwatch in the ‘90s, Midnighter and Apollo — an ersatz Batman and Superman, respectively — existed in a sort of “are-they-or-aren’t-they” limbo that kept fans guessing the true nature of their relationship. The mystery was solved unequivocally in the pages of The Authority, where the super-couple came out the closet, married, and adopted a kid.
Although some of the scenes centering around their relationship seem a little tone deaf by today’s standards, Midnighter and Apollo broke new ground as the first main characters of a mainstream comic to publicly portray a gay partnership.
What is the idea behind the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia?
The main purpose of the Day is to create a moment, a space, that local groups can use as an opportunity to take action and harness to engage into dialogue with the media, policy makers, public opinion, other civil society or religious groups, etc.
The idea behind the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is to create something that can be visible at global level without needing to conform to one or other specific type of action as the sheer diversity of social, religious, cultural and political contexts in which the rights to express gender freedom and to engage in same-sex relationships needs to be addressed makes it impossible for a global campaigning movement to take one specific form of expression or even one central policy agenda.