Re: ABC News found to be secretly taping reactions to gays kissing in public
The utter despair I feel at how rarely I see gay couples being affectionate is a profound disappointment in my life. Internalized homophobia is an incredibly destructive element in the psychology of so many gays and lesbians. Deep down, many of us in the GLBT community still feel fear and shame about ourselves and our way of loving. I cannot tell you how often I see young straight couples in love comfortably showing affection and yet how for so many gay or lesbian couples this act is seen as "gross" or "defiant" or "flaunting". This is, to me, one of the single most important issues facing the GLBT community, for until we can love ourselves then how can we expect society to give us our full rights? Lastly, to those of you who say you are uncomfortable with "PDA" of any sort, whether it be hetero- or homosexual, I ask you if you are being truly honest with us and with yourselves? Or is that just a rationalization? And whether, if you do find any sort of "PDA" unacceptable, then why is that? what is ultimately so offensive or disturbing about two people showing their love or affection? American society and culture are, filled with, and even tend to embrace violent or menacing behaviour and yet you feel that seeing two people kiss is gross? Is this hypocrisy, jealousy? Prudery?