Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
Brendan O’Neill said gay marriage represents a grave danger to society because of the cake frosting industry (the Katy Faust bobblehead doll bobbled enthusiastically as he said so.) According to him it starts with making people write two names on a cake, not any names, but names of people of the same gender- Who knows where it will end? T-shirts that say happy anniversary with the names of two women? Cards that say happy anniversary with stick-figures of two men? Utter destruction for the AACFHG (Australian Association of Cake Frosters who Hate Gays.)
Jokes aside, what O’Neill said is so disgusting, it could only be uttered by a highly immoral individual. Every single day lgbt people around the globe are victims of aggression and violence for being who we are. In Uganda we’re persecuted. In Iran we’re punished with the death penalty. Even in the developed world the risk of violence is considerably higher than average, especially for the minorities within our minority (black, transgender etc.)- None of that concerns people like O’Neill or Katy Faust. The many insults of the Christian right aren’t offensive. Not when their crowd calls us aberrant. Not when they say we’re contra-naturam. Not even when they push lies equating us to child molesters. No, all that’s fine. But ask a cake-decorator to write the name of two men on a cake and the sky is falling.
All this reminded me of Panti Bliss’ speech. It’s a very sick and twisted mentality indeed that says homophobia isn’t an aggression, but pointing out the perpetrators of homophobia is an aggression.