Homophobia in New York

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    Oct 13, 2010 10:43 AM GMT
    "THE NEWS out of New York City this past weekend was horrifying. In what is being called the worst anti-gay violence in recent memory, two 17-year-old boys and a 30-year-old man were kidnapped and sexually tortured in the Bronx because they are gay. The nine thugs allegedly responsible for this atrocity are in custody.

    According to Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, the alleged perpetrators have not expressed remorse. They deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he "was sickened by the brutal nature of these crimes and saddened by the anti-gay bias that contributed to them." Mr. Bloomberg was joined in his unequivocal outrage and condemnation by Gov. David Paterson, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the New York Archdiocese.

    And then there's Carl Paladino. In a stunning display of tone-deafness and bigotry, the Republican candidate for governor said this about homosexuality during a speech on Sunday: "That's not how God created us. . . . I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don't want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option -- it isn't."

    The last two weeks have been ugly for gay men and lesbians -- and for America. In addition to the violence in the Bronx, there have been attacks on homosexuals in other parts of New York City and suicides of gay teenagers across the country who were literally bullied to death.

    Where do bullies get their ammunition, the hurtful slurs that eat away at the self-esteem of those who are gay or lesbian? What makes someone feel it's okay to verbally and physically harass, maim or even kill?

    One source is politicians such as Mr. Paladino who continue to espouse their belief that being gay is an immoral or unnatural "lifestyle" choice that can be changed at will. As long as such dehumanizing ignorance and intolerance go unchallenged, the horrors and suicides will continue. "

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    Oct 13, 2010 3:15 PM GMT
    fortunately, all the old fucks like Paladino will die soon.



    Hopefully the politicians of my generation won't be so backwards and stupid. In my eyes, gay marriage/gay rights/etc shouldn't even BE a political issue. All men are created equal, blah blah blah... maybe if we spent more money on things that really mattered instead of just throwing all of our time and effort into these bottomless argument pits (such as abortion, gay marriage, the like) we'd have cures for things like cancer or the HIV virus, or maybe our national debt wouldn't be some atrocious number. Of course, why would a government that doesn't care who you vote for(seriously, why do we need the electoral college? it was great when we first started as a country but now it's a bit ridiculous. Especially when you have someone winning the popular vote and NOT getting the presidency, which I think has happened three or four times now.), or what you think give a shit about helping the public? I mean look at all the crap they let the FDA get away with, they put stuff that can literally be used as poison in our food, and the government signs off on it.

    as for the bullying... It sucks, it really does. I don't know what to tell these kids because I never was in that situation. Yeah, I got bullied but it wasn't because I was gay. (one reason being that I'm not one of you 100%-ers) Kids can be so cruel without even knowing it, and some of the most recent cases haven't even been children. Some of these bullies were what I'd like to think of as adults. It blows my mind that people just have to have something to hate. I think that's what it comes down to. some people just have to have something to hate, or they don't feel complete.
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    Oct 13, 2010 3:26 PM GMT
    Hah Paladino's comments made me furious this morning when I read them. Brainwashed? Does homeboy even have any idea how many gay people try to repress feelings for men and/or create romantic and sexual feelings for women for years, even decades, without any result?

    It always makes me half laugh and half enraged when people who have never gone through being gay try to explain to us (and to others!) that it is a simple decision to make and that we all wanted this lifestyle...funny, I doubt there is a single gay person in America outside of ex-gay ministries (who are just kidding themselves anyways) that would say that is the case. But I guess he knows better...
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    Oct 13, 2010 3:28 PM GMT
    travelfan said, "Does homeboy even have any idea how many gay people try to repress feelings for men and/or create romantic and sexual feelings for women for years, even decades, without any result?"


    Well, one result is a whole lot of broken-hearted women that now hate gays.

    -Doug