Campaign for tolerance - interesting tack

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    Oct 25, 2007 3:21 PM GMT

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    Tuscany's regional government is set to post thousands of posters of a newborn infant wearing a wristband labeled "homosexual" as part of an anti-discrimination campaign.

    The posters say "Sexual orientation is not a choice."

    Said Tuscany region's civil rights councillor Agostino Fragai: "Homosexuality is not a vice and hence should not be condemned nor marginalised, or worse still persecuted."

    Conservatives (and even some left-leaning politicians concerned with the lack of genetic proof) in Italy are up in arms. Said Christian lawmaker Lucio Volonte: "Exploiting newborns to suggest that homosexual tendencies are innate is a misleading and shameful act."
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    Oct 25, 2007 4:15 PM GMT
    Kind of reminiscent of WWI and the Holocaust to me. From the stuff I've been reading about the search for a "gay-Gene" this might be the future. Sort of scary if you ask me.
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    Oct 25, 2007 7:18 PM GMT
    fuck tolerance i don't want to be tolerated i want acceptance. Just like i don't want to get a civil union i want to get married.
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    Oct 25, 2007 7:23 PM GMT
    Ditto, Alexander.

    Very thought-provocative poster. Would love to see it in America.
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    Oct 25, 2007 7:37 PM GMT
    I guess it depends on how you define "tolerance" and "acceptance." I think of tolerance as "live and let live," and that all I need. I don't care whether some bigoted cracker accepts me -- I just don't want him fucking with my life and my rights.
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    Oct 25, 2007 8:19 PM GMT
    Its a brave campaign that's for sure whether you agree with it or not. Oh, the scandal it would create here icon_smile.gif I have to agree with Squarejaw though. To expect acceptance even from one's closest friends and family is still a tall order for many of us. To expect it from society is something we're a very long way from seeing regardless of how many gay characters we have on TV at any given time. I think tolerance is all anyone should reasonably expect or need. I don't need acceptance from my family, my friends, my coworkers or anyone other than myself. I just don't expect to be treated differently than anyone else because of my sexuality. I expect my homosexuality to be tolerated because its just a part of who I am. It's not my entire identity. I'm not Brett the Homosexual or Gay Brett. I'm just Brett and that's how I should be treated.
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    Oct 25, 2007 8:59 PM GMT
    Ditto, Squarejaw...

    As for the "gay gene"... Personally, I've always believed that I was born this way. I can not remember ever waking up one morning and deciding "Oh yeah... I want to be a gay man." While I wouldn't change that part of me for anything, it just isn't something one chooses... its not like buying a car, you know? "Hmmm... do I want the blue Lamborghini or the puce clunker in the corner?" No... it just doesn't work that way.

    Part of me wants them to find definitive genetic markers that can be proven to control sexual orientation... because I want to be proven right in believing (and saying all these years) that I was born gay. The other part of me is very afraid of that very discovery, because I can see the potential negative uses of that information. Would people start having their babies tested for the gene and subsequently abort or abandon the ones that have the gene? Would there be a huge demand for geneticists to develop a way of manipulating the genes of a fetus so it wouldn't be born gay? Would it lead us to a period of genocide, based on the presence of the gene in children and/or adults? The possible scenarios are endless and pretty scary, especially considering the rapid advancements in technology.
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    Oct 25, 2007 9:21 PM GMT
    Acceptance!?!?!?


    I WANT REPARATIONS!
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    Oct 25, 2007 9:30 PM GMT
    tolerance suits me just fine.