Those Pushy Homosexuals: A Rebuttal

20 Oct

Recently a student teacher in the Portland metro area was dismissed by the school district. (Here are the relevant stories, if you want context.) Because this story involved the student teacher being gay, there have been a lot of ignorant and hateful comments posted on the newspaper comment pages.

As always, there is one thread in these comments that gets at the heart of the equality issue. Many people say something like:  “it would behoove the homosexual to try and keep his sexual lifestyle within the confines of his bedroom.”

REALLY?!? What’s that about? Who, exactly is taking the issue into the bedroom? My long pent-up rebuttal to this absurd comment is as follows.

Dear Concerned Heterosexual Neighbor,

I’m so sorry you’re worried about what happens in my bedroom. Your deep concerns make me wonder:

  • When you see a pregnant woman in the store, do you immediately picture the sex acts that got her that way? It’s pretty likely something happened in the bedroom (or on the kitchen table, for all you know).
  • When you get a wedding invitation from your niece, do you start visualizing the wedding night and pondering the details?
  • When your coworker mentions the vacation he just took with his wife, do you ponder the sex they had in that charming B&B?

I’m guessing the answer to these questions is “no”. Until straight America stops obsessing about the sex lives of their LGBT neighbors, the playing field is unequal. The equality I want is the right to live my life honestly, openly, and safely. I don’t want to talk to you about my sex life. I don’t particularly want you thinking about it, frankly. And I don’t want to talk about yours, either.

The issue of equality is about the office, the park, the store, the beach. It isn’t about the bedroom. Why do foes of equality always drag it there?


2 Responses to “Those Pushy Homosexuals: A Rebuttal”

  1. Jennifer October 21, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    Personally, I think that we should ban all pregnant women from appearing in public after they start ‘showing.’ It pushes their heterosexual agenda all in my face.

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