Uganda’s New Anti-Gay Law: Part of a Broader Trend in Africa.
As someone who’s quite liberal, it’s hard for me to imagine why anyone would be opposed to homosexuality. I guess the converse is also true; that the traditions and conservative views of Africans must make it hard for them to consider our side of the argument. While I don’t think it’s wrong to believe that LGBT is ‘abnormal’, I definitely don’t agree with the idea of imprisonment or even execution as initially proposed in Uganda.
Is it due to my education and my upbringing, that I see huge problems with violence? Are problems really that unsolvable with diplomacy, that weapons must be brought into the equation? I suppose the human race has a great propensity for violence, as has been documented over centuries of history. Civilisation? Pah. We act more like animals at times.
And this article also shows the darker side of politics, where votes matter more than the people. The desire for power triumphs over everything; everything can be justified if you have power. It’s grim viewing, but that’s the reality of our world.
Diversity is a hallmark of democracy and freedom. But the pitfalls can be very, very frightening.
Well, well, well.
There was a collective ‘okaaaaay….’ when the news came out that Ellen Page was lesbian. While it wasn’t immediately obvious to me, it seemed so for many people that she was, in fact, lesbian. I don’t think people have any issues with that, but I suppose it does help the LGBT rights groups that a famous Hollywood actress admits that she’s lesbian.
After Michelle Rodriguez stated she plays for both sides.
And Sir Ian McKellen.
And Ellen DeGeneres.
And probably some I didn’t even pay attention to. Recently, NFL and NBA also have players who came out as gay, and there was some hoohah about whether the NFL player will get drafted, and what will happen to the NBA player. Football’s Thomas Hitzlsperger also came out as gay. Again, I didn’t pay much heed to these news headlines.
And why not? Because while it’s laudable that they are willing to tell the world about their preferences, promoting the LGBT movement, it shouldn’t be. If society wants to accept the LGBT community, among others, then we need to accept that it’s normal for them to be gay, and continue with life. All this hullabaloo just makes it seem like it’s supposed to be a secret, and that it’s not really socially acceptable to be part of the minority.
Of course, given that the fight is far from over, I’m not surprised that there can be a big fuss. I guess from the perspective of the LGBT community, it’s great to get such coverage. But personally? I’ll just lament that I no longer have that 0.00000001% chance of hooking up with one of the sweetest looking Hollywood actresses ever.