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Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 4:42pm

Wouldn't a picture with no words in it have been better to illustrate "A picture is worth a thousand words"? If you blurred out all the words, what would the picture be worth in terms of illustrating an idea?

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 4:46pm

@Angela, maybe a forum, by its nature, is the wrong place for people who can't express themselves. I mean, what do they expect?

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 4:51pm

@ThoseWhoDon'tKnow - "First world problems" are complaints like "I can't get the new Gold iPhone for two weeks" vs third world complaints like "I haven't had anything to eat in two weeks."

Comment by Diane on September 24, 2013 at 5:06pm

Angela, I  want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to reflect on why your statements bother me so much.  I found out some things about myself in the process.  

Comment by Ward Cressin on September 24, 2013 at 9:37pm

@ Simon Paynton

"Ward - some people have the right to be angry as fuck.  Have some decorum and respect."

From your comment obviously I don't qualify as "some people" so I don't have the "right to be angry" about nasty comments. Please tell me how to qualify as having the right to be angry and/or express it properly. You've made it clear you are the designated person for determining who gets to be angry for this site. Do I need to sound more angry? Use shorter words so you get the point that I'm angry? Or just say something like: "Fuck you Simon"?

Comment by Ward Cressin on September 24, 2013 at 10:07pm

Crucial words underlined:

"I found death threats in my locker."

"My school wont let me bring my boyfriend to the prom."

> These words say these people are from a middle or high school and their height and build narrows it down to high school (probably).

 

I lost half my friends after coming out. > This indicates the issue is being LGBTQ

 

Then in your first post you said:

"Robert maybe you found it under the heading "First World Problems"

It reminds me of this: Honestly I just cant feel sorry for them."

 

> This says to me that you mistakenly think being LGBTQ is a "First World Problem" and that you don't care about the problems LGBTQ people face.

 

Several of the things you claim in your first reply to me were never cleared said in any previous post by you like how your comments had nothing to do with their sexual orientation, or about how the picture is "over sensationalized".

 

Only a couple of the posters had "minor disappointments" listed on them while others listed life threatening situations, if not life ending ones but you dismissed all of them.

 

There is also the fact that I read 5 pages of comments at once and you went from rudely dismissive (at best) to turning the thread into a pity-party for yourself – very much a first-world problem. That makes it hard to read your comments with any detachment.

 

Yes, these student's problems being LGBTQ are slightly less than those in some other parts of the world, like Russia or Uganda. But the laws passed and trying to be passed in Uganda were in part instigated by a minister from America so America is not a safe place in spite of the gains made here. And dismissing their problems in such a cavalier way is at best rude, if not anti-LGBTQ. So, yeah I got very angry at you and for good reason.

Comment by Kairan Nierde on September 24, 2013 at 10:07pm

I'm telling myself that this thread isn't totally depressing because there are many people here who don't tolerate homophobia.

A decade ago this would have been a much uglier thread. So, that's positive.  

Comment by _Robert_ on September 27, 2013 at 7:13am

Holy caps lock Batman!

Comment by Melvinotis on September 27, 2013 at 8:20am
We don't all suffer the same. And you don't get to choose that for someone else. What might be a perceived slight to me could be a life altering experience for you (and vice versa and even more than that, the world of responses are open to each of us, as well as the consequences of those responses).

Angela, your responses on many different threads make you seem like a person that has it all figured out-for all of us (and thank you very much for that BTW). History is full of people like yourself. I just hope you never are in charge of anything that I have to deal with.
Comment by Simon Paynton on September 27, 2013 at 8:36am

@Ward - no, I think that sums it up. 

You mean "annoyed", I mean "ready to kill".  There's a big difference. 

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