Post Number:#16 September 28th, 2010, 2:17 pm
Eveready wrote:But are they technically heterosexual? or bi? or just plain kinky wanting to experiment to find out if they like it?
Straight men have anal intercourse with women and are considered straight.
Unrealist42 wrote:I think you may be confusing bigotry with fear.
I find that gay people are socially accepted these days. I really do not find anyone overtly discriminating against them anymore, not like it used to be, except for maybe in a very few pubs and bars.
This is not to say that they do not get discriminated against at all, just that it seems no longer socially acceptable to do so, at least in the places I have lived in the last decade or so. These days it seems everyone knows someone who is gay so that has done a lot to change perceptions. They are not totally alien anymore, they are people you went to school with or work alongside.
I tend to disagree, I think gays are very much discriminated against in ways that are at least tacitly accepted by society at large. Many people would prefer not to allow gays to kiss in public or where children might see them, for example, yet they would be happy with a straight couple kissing in the exact same circumstances. And very few movies or television shows deal with homosexuality in a mature or positive way. The same old tired stereotypes are trotted out time and again, contributing to the ill-informed and hurtful attitudes people have towards gays. And all across the world many parents still completely disown their children when they learn their son or daughter is gay.
Eveready wrote:Sex is a private matter so why the gay campaign?
Because people still treat homosexuality as something negative for no good reason. It's hurtful and there is no reason for it. And yes, sex is private, but love isn't, and homosexuality is as much about who people fall in love with as it is who they have sex with. Gays should not have to keep their social identities private. They should not have to refrain from kissing or from other displays of affection in situations where society accepts straight couples publically displaying similar affections. Either there are acceptable displays of public affection applicable to any couple or else people should all equally refrain from displaying affections in public; there should be no double standard. And, finally, the state should not define one thing as marriage and another as a civil union when they are the same thing but for the genders of those involved.