Blakes7 saidSadly, no, because not even the supreme court can remove a stigma. It will take changing the hearts and minds of straight people to do that, and although great strides have been made in that direction, there's still a long way to go.
This is exactly correct. The Civil Rights Act did not eliminate bigotry against minorities. The reason people do not come out is because many in society still do not consider homosexuality as acceptable or tolerable.
At least it looks like we are moving in the right direction.
Not exactly correct. Sometimes, the court has to drag people kicking and screaming into acceptance for them to see that the world doesn't actually end. This happened during the Civil Rights movement (integration of the armed forces and schools by force did change hearts and minds). Support for same-sex marriage in Iowa increased considerably after the court declared that it was legal. There was backlash, but from a smaller and smaller group.
So yes, I think it would change the number of headless pictures, just by broadening societal acceptance in general. I also think people are kidding themselves if they think that people hide their faces on straight dating sites as much as they hide them here.
Further, it's a self-reinforcing issue. If someone looked over my shoulder and saw a bunch of headless torsos, they would probably judge me more than if they saw a bunch of faces, regardless of whether the people were male or female.
Just by the by, living in fear is not sexy, especially since it's irrational 90 percent of the time.