Originally posted by DENBY
I do not crave your Love.
I do not care if you find me intolerable.
I do not need your acceptance.
I can live without your friendship.
You do not have to like me.
I do not insist you get over it.
I do however demand & am entitled to your respect.
I demand that you respect the fact that I not unlike every soul on this Planet have the right to occupy space & breathe the air free from judgement &
molestation by any other soul.
I like this Poster -
GET USED TO IT
I can go along with all that but the only thing I'd disagree with is this ~
Respect is earned and that goes whether your gay,str8,bi,celibate,religious,athiest,white,black,yellow,green,rich or poor.
Everyone is owed a minimum level of consideration regardless and should be allowed to life their life without prejudice but respect has to be earnt in
this life,you dont get it just for being alive.Well IMO anyway.
Personally I have no problem accepting that some people are homosexual,it wouldnt stop me from liking someone gay or counting them a friend,for me
there's nothing to get over at all.
It doesnt threaten me in anyway,can't see how it could possibly be detrimental to the notion of family or to the fabric of moral society,what
How a man could possibly prefer another man over a woman baffles me but some do.Don't get me wrong thats not trying to find a nice way of saying I
find it disgusting because I don't,not in the slightest.In fact,I reckon I'd kind of like it if that was how my bread was buttered but it isn't so
you see I'm not just saying I tolerate it I say if that's who you are then it's your right to live your life free of anyone else's opinion.It
plain isnt anyone else's business.
In the UK we've had gay and race issue's in the forefront of the news with the case of the b&b owners fined several thousand for refusing a gay
couple a room and the on going controversy over John Terry and racism in football particularly now black players are calling for their own players
Sometimes we the white,str8,indigineous population get a little tired of what seems like needless banner waving and start to think we've got equal
rights and laws against discrimination now,prejudice is socially unacceptable so why keep on about it.
That's not closet racism/homophobia but the thought the battle's been won so why are you still shouting but clearly the battle hasn't been won has
it and we can truly understand what it's like to be abused,mistreated,hated etc for centuries whether it's been discriminated against cos of your
colour or your sexuality being considered an abomination (what by who,the church now there's an abomination.lol) and even illegal,a prisonable
offence not so many decades ago.
Yes I can see how signs like this would tend to put your back up when you first see them,I'd probably feel the same at first but when you think about
it if society was truly accepting of race and sexuality then these type of banners wouldnt be necessary.
Those who have strong feelings or too stupid to think for themselves wont change their minds whatever is said but it can maybe confront those of us
who have the ability to be critical and objective and force us to think.
Also after centuries of discrimination maybe the minorities are feeling empowered and able to confront us the 'silent majority' head on at last.
It's probably about time too !!!!