Red_Vespa saidI agree, what I learned when I came out. Indeed, this is what helped me to come out in the first place. The realization that being gay wasn't the stereotype I thought it was.
Gay men are as masculine as any other men. In fact, given the AIDS crisis, and the prejudice we face every day, I wonder that we aren't actually tougher inside than most straight men.
They never have to face what we do; the world is handed to them. We have to fight for everything we have. No, on balance, and having lived on both sides of the fence, I think that gay men are far tougher than straight men.
It's high time we realized that, and stopped hiding in the shadows. We are tougher, and braver, more resourceful, certainly more creative, and more resilient than any straight man I've ever met.
All we need is some organization, and we will rule the world. But that's our fatal flaw, that we resist organization, everyone of us a cat who can't be herded. And so I fear we will remain marginalized, a minority without influence, dependent upon the political charity of others.
I'm sorry, but I have to call you out on this. Although struggling internally with your sexuality is not an issue to be scoffed at, it pales in comparison to other things in the world that can affect people of both sexualities.
The AIDs 'crisis,' as you so aptly put it, doesn't only affect individuals of a homosexual nature but affects our whole race. That is why the virus that initially attacks the system of affected people is called the Human immunodeficiency virus. Notice it has not been named Homosexual immunodeficiency virus.
Personally, apart from the obviously closeted people, I hardly think that we "live in the shadows." While I agree that not everything is as I would like it to be within the world in regards to equality, I think that people have to realise that change comes slowly. You go as far as stating that we possess a "fatal flaw," like some tragic Shakespearean character (King Lear, anyone): the lack of unity. I think, although fruitless, the large and unified protests against Prop 8 showed a willingness to combine our strengths.
this whole paragraph:
"It's high time we realized that, and stopped hiding in the shadows. We are tougher, and braver, more resourceful, certainly more creative, and more resilient than any straight man I've ever met."
Is complete and utter bullshit. You and I both know that both gay and straight, male and female, people possess these in different measures.
And as far as ruling the world? Leave that to the cracked dictators please: