The incredible homophobic furor sweeping Uganda (see my post "Choose To Be Gay, Choose To Be Straight, January 25, 2011) is largely sponsored by Americans—sad but true. These Americans include not only evangelical types like Rick Warren, but also major politicians who are part of the C Street "Family," currently being exposed for the incredibly dangerous international force they are. If you think I'm exaggerating, read the current bestseller "C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy" by Jeff Sharlett, or, instead, merely Google up "C Street" and explore the hundreds of sites that will pop right up on your screen. These helpful American advisors warn the Ugandans that homosexuals have now conquered the USA, and their next step is to take over the entire world.
Wow! A homosexual agenda that subjugates the planet Earth! Who knew we gay people could do that! Double wow!
But when the rhetoric is absent and only facts remain, let's take a deep breath and ask what's true, and what's not (a common theme of this blog). No matter the gains gay people have made in the United States—and they are big ones—homosexuals are still second-class citizens under any definition of that term. They cannot marry and have their rights recognized on a federal level (though some small number of states do so), they are treated with contempt by many religions, gay politicians are almost never elected to office, and no legal protections exist nationwide to protect gays from being fired, denied housing, turned down for licenses, given the right to adopt children, being turned out of restaurants, and, depressingly, much more.
By far the chief reason for disapproval of gays is lack of thought about the matter. A combination of history, inertia, ignorance, and indifference piles up, and gays have to climb over this mountain to gain basic rights. Ah, but let a straight person know, or, even better, like a gay human being, and he/she can't keep up a habit of mindless disapprobation.
As countries all over the world relax their prohibitions, both social and legal, against homosexuality, more and more gay people walk into the daylight. This has an exponential effect, and soon almost everyone in, say, the United States knows at least one gay person. It's a rare family of any size that doesn't have one member or more who's obviously not straight. When something is everywhere—in the family, on TV, discussed in news stories, referred to in song and story . . . culturally invasive, in short—it no longer seems odd. Some fundamentalist churches in the USA have had to answer questions from their flock such as "Is it all right to for me to have a gay friend?" It would be interesting to hear the pastor's answer to that query. Decades after the Stonewall riots in 1969 sparked the modern gay movement, the whole issue of "acceptance" is starting to seem silly in this country. The vast majority of our straight people have come to believe that homosexuals should be treated no differently than others. This particular cultural revolution is nearing end game.
But note well that the desired ending is not homosexual dominance of the United States or any other culture (which, given the small percentage gays constitute, would be impossible). The desired ending is much less daunting: treat gays just like straights. In a perfect world gays will not be regarded any differently than, for instance, people who are left-handed or who have red hair: a minority that's part of the whole human family.
I close with a poem that A. E. Houseman wrote in 1895 when the British playwright Oscar Wilde was sentenced to two years hard labor in prison for the crime of sodomy:
“How I Lost a Gay Marriage Debate,” April 29, 2010
“Straight Talk,” May 10, 2010
“Marijuana and Me,” July 11, 2010
"Choose To Be Gay, Choose To Be Straight," January 25, 2011
"Seducing Straight Men," March 3, 2011
"Coming Out: How To Tell People You're Gay," March 27, 2011
"Jumping the Broom: How 'Married' are Married Gay Couples?" July 17, 2011
"The Legacy of Homophobia," August 2, 2011
"The History of Gay Rights in Columbus, Ohio," June 4, 2012
“Straight People: Thanks From the LGBT Community,” November 20, 2012
"Disowning Your Gay Children," October 9, 2013
“Gays Will Be Able To Marry in All States By July of 2016 (and Maybe 2015): A Prediction,” February 14, 2014
“A Gay Hoosier Lawyer Looks at Indiana’s RFRA: The Religious Bigot Protection Act,” March 30, 2015; http://douglaswhaley.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-gay-hoosier-lawyer-looks-at-indianas.html
“A Guide to the Best of My Blog,” April 29, 2013