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originally posted by: Gryphon66
a reply to: lambs to lions
Have you ever tried to "get it"?
Imagine for just a minute that you grew up in a world where everyone around you was gay.
Everyone around you, all advertising, TV shows, churches, everything tells you that you should be attracted to your own gender.
But as you grow into those troubled teen-aged years, you find that you're not. You're ... different.
But, you don't want to be. You want to fit in. You don't want to be made fun of. You don't want to disappoint anyone.
What if people find out that you're ... attracted to the OPPOSITE gender? Oh my god that's just ... sick.
You'd do anything just to be normal. You try to be. You try to be attracted to your own gender, date people of your own gender like you're supposed to ... but ... you just can't stop thinking about ... those others.
If you really try that experiment for a minute, honestly, you might find that the whole thing is not quite as simplistic as you thought it was. It's not just about sex ... it's about who you are as a person, who you love, how you identify yourself ...
Or, you can just keep musing about having it shoved down your throat. Might want to check with Dr. Freud on that one.
originally posted by: snarky412
Reports state that last year Shepard Smith went to a company picnic at Ailes’s compound in Garrison, New York., and brought his partner too.
originally posted by: Gryphon66
a reply to: WarminIndy
From the provided link:
Out magazine has released its annual Power 50 list honoring extraordinary gays and lesbians, and a couple of news personalities who’ve yet to publicly declare they’re gay have made the cut.
originally posted by: bellagirl
well i definately need a new "gaydar".
originally posted by: buster2010
originally posted by: Stormdancer777
a reply to: buster2010
Old people had lives we been around the block and I bet back in the day I could have drank you under the table.
Like being a drunk is something to be proud of. You must of had a sad life if how much booze you could drink is what you brag about.
originally posted by: projectbane
a reply to: snarky412
Oh great, so now they want to gay up the news.
"So tonight on the ten 'oclock news...terrorists kill 48 in Pakistan roadside bomb..but on the plus side, I haaaavvvvve a baby shower to attend tomoorrrrrooooowww woohooooooo!!!"
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
I know many people (clearly, even some gay people) feel a certain anger and frustration over public figures coming out and "making a big deal" of their sexuality.
But I think some understanding and open-mindedness is in order.
We don't know what kind of experiences these people had in their lives. I know that plenty of gay people grew up in a very "hostile" environment. Shep is of the age that his childhood, teen years, and young adulthood may have been VERY difficult - more difficult than any of us know. Plenty of gay people have been bullied all their lives, disowned by parents, confused, mocked, refused service, shamed and embarrassed and generally treated like dirt by their friends, family and most of society.
So, they end up being ashamed of who they are. NOT proud of who they are, but ashamed and full of self-hatred. At some point, they decide enough is enough and decide to publicly claim that, "I am who I am and if you don't like it, that's your problem! I refuse to be ashamed of who I am and hide who I am any longer"! And if they feel the need to ask their employer about it, that doesn't make them a coward! We're all getting along the best we can!
They may not have the confidence to just live their lives and (quietly) say screw everyone else or to come out and take the chance on losing their job. Maybe the best way they can think of to claim their place in this world is to make a public announcement (with permission) and let the chips fall where they may.
I don't expect everyone to understand this, but when you judge people that "come out" as doing so because they're "drama queens", you're probably wrong. It's probably the only way they know to begin the much-needed healing, from a lifetime of emotional wounds. It's the best way to STOP the hiding and shame.
I know about emotional wounds. I know how empowering it is to stand in front of a group of people and say, "I am a victim of childhood sexual molestation and rape and it's NOT my fault. I have nothing to be ashamed of. I didn't do anything wrong. I'm OK and a good person." It's cathartic! I imagine it's similar for a gay person whose been wounded.
For people to judge me as being a "drama queen" just because THEY don't think what I'm saying is important shows a HUGE lack of compassion and empathy, in my opinion.
Just because YOU might behave differently in their shoes, doesn't mean they should behave like you do...
That's my sermon for the day.
originally posted by: tsingtao
why would i or anyone want to know if some stranger is gay? and why would they want strangers to know they are gay?
and no, molestation is not the same as being gay.
originally posted by: OptimusSubprime
a reply to: snarky412
I wouldn't blame Fox at all... they are a "for profit" business, and the execs recognize that a sodomite* news anchor could be bad for business, considering the target audience of the network. The negative focus should be on Smith for selling himself out for a contract.