The religious anti-gay right has been knocked back on its heels by gay rights advances. But its hardest core angrily presses on. Four teenagers commit suicide in a three-week span after being bullied, taunted or outed as homosexuals. Seven students — at least four of whom had endured anti-gay bullying — kill themselves over the course of a year in a single Minnesota school district. In New York, 10 suspects are arrested for torturing three gay victims.
The Gay Community’s Obsession With Status and Looks Has Huge Mental Health Costs | them.
Implicit to the demands for "Gay" rights is that gays are a minority group in America whose life-choices warrant all the protection given to any citizen. The same sort of civil rights movement which fought discrimination based on the color of skin is now being trotted out in defense of enforcing the right to personal choice, in this case, sexual choice. But the moral, historical, and cultural arguments that compelled a nation to take notice of equality of race is sorely lacking in the case for recognizing the gay minority. The kind of confusion about the meaning of a minority group is very evident, for example, in " The New Civil Rights Movement ," a web-blog that advocates gay rights and gay marriage as an absolute freedom. As far as this group is concerned, "gays" are a persecuted minority who therefore deserve new legislation. The American Foundation for Equal Rights , as the title itself asserts, uses the same tactic. On what social or ethical grounds "gays" can be called a minority community is never defined.
The Gay Community’s Obsession With Status and Looks Has Huge Mental Health Costs
R acism is a serious problem within the LGBT community and needs to be addressed. Despite the determination of many minority ethnic LGBT people to do just that, it is not happening. But another far more pernicious reason is that the LGBT world revolves around white gay men to the exclusion of others. The rainbow flag is whiter than it appears. This manifests itself in numerous ways.
No internal confusion, no coming-out horror story. My label as a gay male, while it came with understandable insecurities, never greatly interfered with my daily life. I might even call myself lucky in that sense. However, a deep part of me never felt truly comfortable among the large heterosexual population surrounding me. Strike one.