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Obey No1kinobe


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Wouldn't it be nice if the Gay and Lesbian Mardis Gras was about celebrating diversity and no longer also to fight for equality and respect?

It's the gay and lesbian mardi gras tonight.

Walking through the city there were people in costumes getting ready. Gays, lesbians, transgender, friends, supporters, and people just looking to party.

This year will be the first time the armed forces march, which is kind of nice. Bigotry and inequality still exist. The latter is something that could be changed easily in law. The former attitudes may not be that easy to change. At the very least it would be nice if people could have a live and let live attitude even if people don't feel comfortable with homosexuality.

For me, I look at being gay as a bit like being left handed or having green eyes. It's a minority trait, but natural. To be more precise there may be a continuum with some people very strongly same sex attracted and others less so. But the continuum is natural variation.

Others guided by old religious views or their own upbringing, cultural and conscience disagree.

Do you think the day will come when gay people have equality under the law and these sort of events will be just a celebration rather than have a political motive? Or do you think there will be political or social issues that will need to be highlighted for the forseeable future.

Is gay marriage (and divorce) inevitable?

Wouldn't it be nice if being gay was universally accepted as part of the natural diversity of human society? A non issue. So that people aren't even labelled first as being gay and second as whatever they do - your an artist or policeman that just happens to be gay, not a gay policeman.


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    Mar 3 2013: Hi Obey.
    In my circle of friends I have but one lesbian couple & one homosexual couple. Like me, they are getting long in the tooth. Both couples are fully integrated into society, & their sexuality is a non-subject; just as the heterosexuality of the rest of us provokes little comment.
    The gay movement is pretty much non-existant here, but appears to be a marketing exercise more than anything else. It promotes it's particular brand of sexuality as somehow superior. This is so far removed from 'live & let live' that it is bound to attract opposition. We are free under the law to decide for ourselves how we want to live. I suggest we just get on with it & leave others to do the same.


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