Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
Some of them are appalling individuals. Creators and fomenters of social apartheid. Others are ordinary people, caught up in the storm, parroting the discredited propaganda of old. Propaganda that’s been fed to them by conservative patriarchal power structures for a very long time.
Watching the opponents of LGBT rights in my lifetime has often made me wonder, If they genuinely believe the things they’re saying? Why do they need to resort to that? A question I’ve had to ask very often because anti-gay campaigners have relied heavily on misinformation, manipulation and what I could only refer to as deceptive tactics. The last of which is extremely well documented and readily available on the internet.
If you visit these anti-gay sites, whether of the sophisticated political variety or the home-made kind- the information and insinuations you’ll find are nothing but reformulations of ignorant and antiquated stereotypes designed to cast aspersions on the entire LGBT collective. Dangerous to children, dangerous to society, even dangerous to civilization. Here’s a long-winded 1960’s PSA perpetuating the myth that homosexuality and paedophilia are one and the same:
I’m sure you’re thinking, “wait, wasn’t the gay marriage debate just an issue of semantics? Wasn’t the problem the use of the word marriage?”
No, it wasn’t. Of course it wasn’t. That was just another tactic in their nefarious campaign. I know because I was born in the 70’s. Long before opposition to gay marriage I saw the opposition to civil unions. Before opposition to civil unions, I witnessed anti-gay hostility in its pure, unadulterated form.
And now the front-line tactic for supporting the marginalization of gay people is allegedly protecting children. The paedophilia slant has been debunked, but that hasn’t stopped them from dragging children into the discussion as a means to scare people and pull at heartstrings.
This is done with extraordinary callousness:
And here’s the problem, it’s a farce. The “we’re worried about children” angle is a technique rather than a genuine concern. Less than 1 in 10 lgbt people have children. The proportion of those who adopt is even smaller. Here are some numbers:
The legalization of same-sex unions doesn’t in any way affect the number of lgbt people who have biological children. It also doesn’t stop single parent adoptions which are legal in much of the world. That means the whole protect the children/protect traditional marriage malarkey is but a facade for traditional anti-gay discrimination. It’s what they hide behind because their former outright hostility and belligerence is no longer acceptable in society today.