So, happy gay pride month to everyone, gay or not.
As I gear up for the Laramie Project (in rural Texas no less) this October I have to say my awareness of homosexual rights (or lack there of) has been weighing in heavily on my mind.
I tried to alleviate this with some humor and posted this video on my facebook:
My parents are both devout Catholics but my dad has actually gotten fairly progressive in the past few years so much in fact that he actually said he supports gay marriage.
I guess I thought my mother had softened around the edges too, so when I called her to be the good daughter I am I laughed gently while asking her what "gay ridiculous" meant.
You would have thought I was pissing on a crucifix with the way she suddenly (and angrily) lashed out at me.Her arguments came fast and furious.
Aha! The last one really sealed the deal for me. I had to tell my mom that as far as what people think of me, if they are against basic civil liberties then I don't give a damn. Straights are overt about their orientation, just see any blockbuster romantic comedy or sitcom. I also pointed out that there shouldn't BE a battle for the gays to fight, but since the straights have made it their business to oppress, I am making it mine to fight.
This brand of ignorance coming from the people I love makes me all the more adamant about my atheism. Sure, people may want us to shut up since we aren't in the majority, but we are right, and their small minded oppressiveness needs to stop even if that means ruining their stupid game of make-believe.