Fighting Homophobia in Public
The state of the Gay Rights movement in North America has taken a number of hits recently. There is the notorious Proposition 8 that took away the rights of queer Californians, and the shamefully bigoted ballot proposal in Arizona that made it impossible for “cohabiting outside of a valid marriage to adopt or provide foster care to minors”. Even more recently, Hawaii’s courageous senate initiative to allow civil unions has failed. It seems, at least in the United States, that the “culture war” is being won by close minded bigots. I can’t express my profound sadness that, in a first world country like the US, the government would entrench such hate and discrimination into legislature.
But is the culture war really being lost? Recently, ABC news went undercover in an average sports bar with a couple of actors, and deliberately put unsuspecting citizens in situations where hatred against a gay couple was being expressed. The results of this non-scientific study are actually quite surprising.
Now that is more like it, don’t you think? Like all the other rights movement we saw in the last century, we are seeing our fellow citizens consciousness being raised, and THAT is a cause for celebration. There is no doubt that this hate legislature is setting our fellow human beings rights back, but if the voting public is beginning to behave like these average barflies, then repealing of the bigotry is only a matter of time. I look forward to the day when queer citizens all across the U.S. have the same rights as queer citizens do in Canada.
Equality and tolerance FTW!
Tip of the blog-o-cap to Pam’s House Blend, for raising my consciousness on this issue.