Blog #1: Good to Know
1. Footballers team up to support gay rights
Summary: The Australian Football League is attempting to dispel homophobia and promote acceptance. Several of the league’s well known players are being photographed next to signs welcoming homosexual players.
Response: Throughout the years homosexuals have always been thought to “not belong” in masculine activities such as football. Homosexuals have often been typified and stereotyped as “softies” who one would easily be able to pick out from a crowd. This article not only makes the statement that homosexuals (and heterosexuals for that matter) come in all shapes and sizes. Masculinity is not a trait linked to an individuals’ sexual preference, it is linked to the individual as a whole. I hope the statement can spread to the United States where “don’t ask don’t tell” is largely the policy. This campaign marks a new generation of individuals who will not be ashamed to be who they are. Most individuals are told that they must conform to society in order to be accepted. This article leads to the notion that perhaps soon society will start conforming to you. Hidden in plain sight among us are the unsuspecting queers exposing our ignorance. Eventually they may no longer have to “pass” universally.
2. CA protest seeks Social Security benefits for gays
Summary: In Los Angeles approximately 700 people with signs protested for equal rights at the Hollywood Social Security Administration Office. The idea was to seek equal rights for married homosexuals. A woman, Sylvia, was denied benefits upon the death of her female partner even though they were legally married.
Reflection: This article comments on the legitimacy of marriage and more importantly the difference between a marriage and a “pseudo” marriage. The fight for equal marriage is simply the first step in the fight for equality amongst homosexuals. While it’s nice to think that marriage is all about a declaration of love between two people we cannot ignore the financial component of marriage. Once two people are legally linked they share everything, including worldly possessions. This is in both homo and heterosexual marriages. If a woman devotes all of her time and money to another woman, it’s the same as what heterosexual couples do for each other. To say that one can receive benefits upon their partner’s death and the other cannot is discrimination. Essentially there is no point in being married if it is not fully recognized by the state. It is also not fair for the state to value one type of life commitment over another.
3. Gay sex link to Terre’ Blanche murder probed
Summary: In South Africa Eugene Terre’blanche, a white supremacist, was murdered after attempting to have sex with one of two black men. The man was found brutally hacked to death with his pants pulled down. A 28 year old man and 15 year old boy are being investigated in this case.
Reflection: The most interesting thing about this piece is whether or not the killing was an issue of race or homosexuality. The murder victim was head of a movement that denied his murder had anything to do with homosexuality. This seems as though they are trying to “preserve” the memory of their leader or “pass” off his death as something more bareable. However, the nature in which the body was found seems to suggest some type of statement was being made. The article does not explain the homosexual solicitation clearly enough. It does not say whether or not the solicited man was open to a homosexual relationship with the victim, or a homosexual relationship at all.
Furthermore, this does lead to a question of colorblindness when it comes to relationships. While the victim was a white supremacist he still solicited a black man for sex. This leads to the question of whether or not all people are on an even plain field when it comes to sex. Or has sex become so casual that now it can be done between anyone, even complete enemies.