biscuits wrote: Serby wrote:
Wayne wrote:It is not the job of a gay man or wonan to educate an uneducated bigot.
Actually I think it is. As someone who hated themselves for being gay cuz that's what I was thaught growing up as it's so deep rooted in our culture, I can never expect someone like my parents to go all google and educate themselves on the topic. Shouldn't be like this, but me wishing we lived in a utopic world won't help. And I managed to 'educate' some people, my sister included, though she still has to learn a lot.
Good point. If anyone should educate others about LGBT, who better than gheys themselves?
Some people grow up with those mentalities burried in their heads, so although sure it's not your "job" to educate people on the topic, theres no one best to educate them about it than LGBT people themselves or even straight supporters for LGBT. I understand some people will be anti-LGBT no matter what, but many just need a good talk about the topic to open their eyes and see that there's no need to bash LGBT or any of that. It's easier said than done but if we as LGBT don't spread the word and try to help people see what we see, we shouldn't complain when certain cultures keep using negative terms and ideas with their youth and then they grow up and say them and we feel all offended and whatnot. Again, some people might never change but a bit of education goes a long way.
I personally don't expect to change some people's beliefs and ideas because that will certainly never happen with most people especially very religious ones. I'm sorry but the reality is that people can't be forced to accept you for certain things, but they can certainly control their negative feelings and stuff. I think many people might and CAN "accept" the idea that there's people who are not straight and although they don't agree with it, they just let it be and let people live their lives even though they themselves don't think it's right or whatever...so in that case, what we can control (again to some extent because some people will never change their hateful selves) is the verbal abuse and discrimination with the use of such terms and stuff. If someone doesn't understand gay people and think it's wrong because of their religion then so be it, but keep it to yourself and let others live their lives without you bashing anyone you see that is gay. What I'm getting is that it's the discrimination that makes all the difference. It is so obvious when someone discriminates you for being gay, from calling you something to treating you differently. However, if it weren't for that and people kept their beliefs in regards to LGBT to themselves and treated everyone equally, we probably wouldn't notice.
I know that's never going to happen 100% either because again there will always be homophobes and stuff, but we've definitely come a long way from the past decades, and all of this has been implemented into the laws of many countries, such as not discriminating for your race or sexuality when you apply for a job or even gay marriage. There's definite been some improvement and I think it can be improved even more.
Anyway that's just my take on it, if you have a different opinion I totally respect that, but this is mine.