Comment by RobertPiano on September 22, 2013 at 9:09pm

Something about this pic hit me..

Comment by Warren on September 22, 2013 at 9:17pm

So much for personal "freedom" here. This and so many other obstructions to freedom in the land of "freedom". So many people mind other peoples business's. There should have been a "Thou shall mind your own business" in you know where.

Freedom in America is often a joke.

Comment by Strega on September 22, 2013 at 9:20pm

What was the context of the picture, Robert?

Comment by RobertPiano on September 22, 2013 at 9:29pm

I found it a while ago in a photography forum topic entitled  "A picture is worth a 1000 words". Just such a powerful yet peaceful (and almost innocent) platform for protest.

Comment by RobertPiano on September 22, 2013 at 10:52pm

Angela. It may seem that way to you. However, I would gladly relive my homeless days over being hated for who I am. Perhaps you don't have a jesus actor drag a cross down your main street every Easter, but if they did you might understand.

Comment by Cameron on September 22, 2013 at 10:54pm

The context would add more substance to the picture, but it's still very obvious what the point is.

@Angela: I doubt that these are strictly first world problems.  In fact, these are likely problems that people face in most societies.  It's ok if you don't care about these problems; however, it is unhelpful to trivialize them by saying that these people live in a developed country and therefore the problems that are part of that society are blessings when compared with problems in developing countries.

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 22, 2013 at 11:19pm

Angela, sorry to oppose you again, but possibly you should spend some time conversing with my friend, Onyango Makagutu, from Kenya, where a major Al Queda-inspired hostage is taking place in Nairobi, with 68 already dead, about the various third-world countries where homosexuality is a capital crime, before you deem to know what goes on in third world countries.

Just put his name in the search box above, he is always helpful in every regard.

Comment by Strega on September 22, 2013 at 11:25pm

It appeals to the emotions.  In order to do that, it has to use topical people with topical words.  In our case, it is effective.

Comment by Kairan Nierde on September 23, 2013 at 1:07am

I like this photograph. It reminds me of my choice not to take my life as a girl and that makes me grateful. It makes me realize that I have been lucky to avoid a lot of the pain that my lgbtq peers have experienced and I feel lucky.

The closet is better than death. Being out is better than being closeted. But the best thing would be to live with dignity.

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on September 23, 2013 at 1:09am

Honestly I just cant feel sorry for them.

How belittling. The sign holders are referring to experiences with death threats, electric shock torture, loss of family, beatings, suicide or murder, among other things. These are all-too-common experiences for many gays even in the first-world countries of the 21st century. You may not sympathize, but for the empathic and for the millions who must live with it daily, it is oppression and it is less than freedom.

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