Two things I love! Clever advertising and Harry Potter!
So, I'm a bit sleep-deprived (if you go for twenty-four hours without sleeping, you should get to sleep for twenty-four hours to make up for it, right? RIGHT?), but I felt like this was worth posting about today.
I loved this ad campaign on buses in London because it's exactly how I feel about the entire "issue." It shouldn't be an issue. Some people are gay. Get over it.
I never know whether to laugh or cry when people refer to "the gays" like they are some unified, plotting political group. It's like saying "the blondes" or "the short people." (Though, to be honest, the short people really do have a complicated and sinister master plan to subvert the entire culture of the US and take over the world. Nobody suspects the short ones.)
My feeling on it is that gay people aren't gay people. They are people. They also happen to be gay. It doesn't make them any worse (or better) than anyone else, any more than being a creative person or a short person or an American makes me better or worse than anyone else. If we could stop viewing people who are gay as "other," we could stop worrying about it and let everyone get on with their lives, gay or straight or somewhere in between.
We always get in trouble when we view whole groups of people as a singular entity based on one identifying aspect. Haven't we learned that yet?
Here is an It Gets Better video made by a student group at my Alma Mater, a private religious university. It's taken a long time for change. There's still a lot of change that needs to happen.
The next time you are tempted to define someone by a single characteristic, remember these students, each struggling to figure out where they belong in the world. (Just like...everyone else. But with the bonus of centuries of prejudices to make life even harder! That's a really sucky bonus.) Remember that they are brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors--who deserve an added measure of compassion and understanding. They are people. Who also happen to be gay.
Get over it.