The human cost

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Comment by _Robert_ 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 _Robert_ 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 _Robert_ 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 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 Kairan Nierde on September 23, 2013 at 2:30am

disappointment? disappointment. really, Angela?

It's a good thing for YOU that you haven't got the life experience to empathize with feeling terrorized, loosing a spouse/lover, experiencing electric shock/medical torture, and social ostracism. Or could you empathize and imagine those things happening to you--how much more painful those things would be than a simple disappointment?  Could you do imagine that happening and how it would devastate you...if doing so didn't also mean you were being asked to humanize lgbtq people?

Comment by Unseen on September 23, 2013 at 12:19pm

@Angela - 

"I can't hold my boyfriend's hand" is just one of the posters. Then there is the one poster which is on an easel because the person who would be holding it committed suicide.

The problems with being gay hits teens harder than adults. Partly because teens are not yet equipped with an adult perspective and adult ways of dealing with and partly because they haven't yet built up a sense of who they are.

True, the problems of American and Western European gays may seem a bit pale beside those of gays in Africa and Russia, but that's no reason to give up on improving things.

Just in the last two weeks, there have been two major attacks on gays here in Cleveland and I'm sure attitudes here are not unique. This problem is far from being fixed.


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