So for those of you that didn't already know I am gay, homosexual, fruity, a guy who likes guys, etc and very out and proud. Shock horror, “Oh Xander we thought you where dating Kourtney Kardashian” (Nope that was just a rumor, but I am kinda crushing on Rob right now) Well as you can tell from my tone I’m a little pissed, and I don’t often swear in my journalistic undertakings.
Cast your mind back to the US election race where Johnny Mac and Palin trundled every sad republican wannabe possible onto the main stage in order to boost their flagging campaign. Joe Wurzelbacher, AKA Joe the Plumber who became an overnight sensation (yeah) as the average Joe, has recently said in an interview gay people are “queers” and he wouldn't want them near his children.
Frankly I wouldn't wanna be near his children if they have evolved with the same discriminatory attitudes as their father. Frankly it’s a bloody cheek to infer that because you're Gay you shouldn't be near children. It’s archaic and is clearly designed insight hatred, which is concerning as his comments where to a Christian magazine. Where is the Love Joe the Homophobe?
Whilst I believe in freedom of speech I feel that we really have to be very careful and concise about what we say and how we generalize about people and sections of the community. It is doubly insulting to hide behind God, and even hide behind the GOP with such outbursts. I am heartened by the fact that educated people are able to separate between fact and dumb assumptions and the irresponsible mumblings of a wannabe tradesman.
Diversity is what makes America great and what tears at the fabric of its greatness is the unwillingness to live and let live. We don’t have to like everybody or even agree but we do have to co-exist and not be apologetic for who we are. As with most haters Joe said “he has had friends who are gay” which is typically the response of someone who needs to plaster over bias.
So Joe the Homophobe yes as you ineloquently stated the dictionary does show that controversially SOME people use the word “queer” to refer to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people but it’s mostly considered in polite society to be derisive terminology. Maybe more derisive than “Homophobic Wannabe” but I will leave that to individual interpretation.
Love & Peace Xan x
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Xander Gibb has written for many publications and writes with an unapologetic response to the world around.