On this night I just can't help but offer my two cents to the asshole whose blatantly anti-Semitic, homophobic slurs begin to radiate throughout the space where I so calmly and coolly am drinking a semi-local brew on my night off.
There is one posting genre I'd like to see far less, and I believe we will, for it saddens me to see the video iterations of famous figures (religious and political) scoring our LGBT citizens for being who they are, and damning the rest of us (the "nation") for promoting their increasing freedom.
If my own mother didn't know what "homophobia" meant, how many other people didn't know? The sad truth is that there are probably many who don't know what "homophobia" means and perhaps don't even care. Most people don't pay attention to gay issues unless they have to.
The claims by "Christian" pundits that gays caused Hurricane Sandy got me thinking about the special powers the gay community actually does have, such as the immeasurable contributions we've made to the fabric of society and culture in every city, state, country and continent.
This is the story of Nathan and Tristan. Nathan is that self-professed former "Bible-banging homophobe" who (along with some other like-minded, reformed individuals) decided to attend a local gay pride parade to apologize for the way the church has treated homosexuals.
I've taught classes on the sexual orientation resolution process; I studied the Kinsey Report; I know the current sexual orientation scholarship. Some of my gay friends say I know more about the subject than they do. Yet I am a recovering homophobe.