So, um, we're not allowed to watch it on LJ, so you'll have to go to youtube, but yeah, awesome vid, and yay Ireland!!!
And just because this is from Golden Girls and a perfect analysis (in my opinion) of the issue.
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McGreevey recounted going to the library as an adolescent to look up the word "homosexual" in a dictionary. When he found it included terms like "perverse" and "psychiatric disorder," the Irish-Catholic said he quickly learned to repress his feelings, audience members said.
The American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from a list of mental disorders in 1973.
It is heartbreaking to see the way that a man was seriously hurt because of the biases of others, and then by extension, his wife and family. But on the other hand, sometimes it seems like there is still so much for homosexuals to attain. Stories like this show us how far we've actually come.
Like millions of other women, I think Brad Pitt is hot (esp. in "Fight Club"... Lordy, those abs!). But over the last couple years, I'm not that crazy about him. Yeah, he's cute, but I'm not bonkers over him. But that is changing right now. Asked in an Esquire interview about when he'd marry Angelina Jolie, he replied, "Ange and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able."
That just made me so happy! I showed it to one of the assosciates and she was thought it was really cool. True, it could be a bid to stem off any marriage rumors, but the fact that this man, who is so well known, is openly supporting gay marriage rights is good. There are so many people against gay marriage, that in all likelyhood, we'll have to wait for them to die off. I think that right now, the best way to get more support for gay rights is to show everyone that gay marriage is important to us, and help them see that homosexual relationships are just like heterosexual ones, based on the same emotions.
A friend of an LJ friend recently recieved an email from a gardening company. This is a link to the letter she recieved and response she wrote.
I actually did leave a comment for CBS, thanking them for including the issues of homosexuality on their network. So many treat homosexuality as an issue to garner attention for whatever viewpoint they have. This leads to so many forgetting that this isn't an issue for us to decided: it is an emotional issue between two people. Its their business, not ours. Television is supposed to be an entertaining depiction, usually with some basis in the real world. Homosexuals are real, they exist. They are a part of this world, why shouldn't they be represented.
Oh, and the funny part (to me) was this guy saying "If homosexuality was the norm, civilization would have ceased to exist thousands of years ago. Procreation takes a man and a woman. " Hmm... apparently he's never heard that homosexuals are a minority. Most people are not 100% straight. Even if they never act on it, most have at least noticed the opposite sex. Okay, enough preaching. Please go back to your regularly scheduled... blogging.
I did send a letter to CBS and one to the gardening company. This is what I wrote to them:
It is the sanctimonious hypocrisy of those like yourself that have driven me away from the religion in which I was raised. I personally feel that all people should be free to pursue love, regardless of sex. Fifty years ago a kiss between two people of different races would have been seen as scandalous, an action worthy of a lynching.
If you stop and consider just how few same-sex relationships are portrayed on network television, you truly have no cause for anger. Most consider sexuality to be on a scale, with few people being perfectly straight or gay. The current percentage of the U.S. population that classifies themselves as homosexual is generally (depending on the poll), around 10-15%, excluding those that consider themselves bisexual.
You seem to feel that this display of love is uncalled for and disgraceful. You know gardening, so stick to gardening. You have every right to speak out about what you believe, but subjecting your customers religious/moral sermons isn’t one of them. Instead, consider the fact that the number of Americans who claim to be Christian decreases each year. It isn’t because of the dogma, but the arrogant words spoken by those like yourself. People like you do more for the gay rights movement than any staged kiss on a t.v. program.