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Scary QAF

Ok. I watched QAF yesterday. (That’s ‘Queer as Folk’ for non-viewers.) In it was one of my worst fears.
<SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you haven’t watched this week’s episode yet.>
In this episode, the characters organized a fundraising benefit to support same-sex marriage rights. It was a big party with about 350 people held at a queer club. Cyndi Lauper performed. Cyndi Lauper is not my worst fear.
During the benefit, an explosion went off – a protest against same sex marriage by the religious right is the implication. Chaos and anarchy ensued. People died. One of the lead characters is in critical condition, but my ex and I expect him to live. We’ll find out next episode.
Anyway, whenever I’m at a large, publicly-advertised gay event I worry about this exact thing – some extreme, homophobic group using it as an opportunity to use violence to make their point.
Many of my supportive, straight friends try to minimize my fears – likely because they are not homophobic and can’t imagine that anyone would resort to such obviously non-christian behaviour to promote a homophobic agenda.
CBC News has a thread on the same-sex marriage debate. Although the number of people who support same-sex marriage outnumber the non-supporters in this particular venue, the hatred that spews from the non-supporters is very frustrating. And it’s non-logical. How can you argue with a statement like "Thousands of gay men have died from Aids and it was labelled as a gay man’s disease. Does no one see any connection between the lifestyle and the deaths?" Hmm…. lesbians are in the lowest risk group for AIDs. Does that mean that woman-woman sex is the best sex?
One of the local news stations recently aired a homophobic, religious leader (non-christian this time) addressing a crowd saying "Homosexual behaviour is not natural! Animals don’t even do it!". Well, I have news for you buddy, animals actually do exhibit homosexual behaviour. But that doesn’t get on air – only the inflammatory remarks that homophobes can use to support their argument.
I would love to ignore such remarks, but they do hurt. It would be like people telling you that you were a bad human being and going to hell because your eyes are blue. More importantly, the words are precursors to actions – it’s these actions I fear.
I do think the really extreme cases of homophobia are rare, however, those rare cases are the ones that act on their beliefs: there are millions of brilliant, peaceful muslims in the world, but it only took two extremists to bring down the World Trade Center.
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