Well, slow clap for you, Greg. Still, I am happy to see that you posted something about DADT. Thank you for keeping Charleston readers informed with substantive posts like that. Regarding your comments about the Patti LuPone, I don't think an accurate defense should be, "Well, they were doing it too." My point is not that Patti LuPone isn't interesting, but my point is that labeling as Gay news (which you are doing my posting it here) reinforces stereotypes of gay men. The gay community is far more diverse than most people are comfortable with. After all, I think many people find it far less threatening to deal with a man who is more effeminate, because it fits in with their binary view on gender. I have heard women and men alike say that they consider gays just like women. On the other hand, it is far more difficult for most people to handle a gay man who is more masculine and works in say, construction. Part of the reason for that is that people have an easier time accepting gay people if they fit into easily identifiable and recognizable traits such as all gay men are effeminate or all lesbians are butch. Men in particular associate sexuality with gender. The butch gay guy or fem lesbian are threatening to most people. Many of them have an easier time passing as straight in most situations, so they do and the perceptions stay the same. Visibility is key, and media like this blog are crucial in defining our cultural landscape. You should consider it a compliment to be held to such a high standard. Here’s another “compliment,” I would love to see you report more on local gay issues or at least tying it in to the local gay scene. For example, report on DADT but then ask a gay person in the military who lives in Charleston about their perspective. Or better yet, report on issues that are common for our gay community like married men having sex with men or religious schools bullying gay teenagers.
Really?! Everything in the news about Don't Ask, Don't Tell, gay marriage, and the outing of prominent homophobes and you feel the need to report on showtunes? Maybe you should rename this blog to stereotypes of Gays. Then you could expand by adding a blog for African Americans and only write about fried chicken restaurants.
This whole election is depressing. I cannot stand how the national media only cover the Republican side of things. I guess there's only one view of South Carolina and national media want to perpetuate that reality which many of us are trying to change. To be honest, I don't even know who is a worst candidate at this point.
Educated Northerner, so let met get this straight (no pun intended), being gay is a mental disorder because other people treat you poorly when you are gay. So, if that is the case, then wouldn't being black in a racist town be considered a mental disorder because of how people would treat you.
As for the APA, the pressure was from individuals within the profession to highlight the fact that there was no empirical research to validate the view that homosexuality was a disorder. Yes, pressure was applied, but it was pressure to look at the issue in light of research instead of assumptions built from societal prejudice.
Aside from the APA's decision, if you look at all of the research done since then, you should note that it supports the idea that homosexuality is part of normative sexual behavior much like a preference for blondes or brunettes. Now to view something as a disorder despite mounds of research to the contrary, that my booboise friend is self-immolation bordering on a mental disorder.
I truly hope you reconsider your viewpoint, because I am sure that someone you love or will love is gay and doesn't deserve to be viewed or treated by you poorly, because of an unfound prejudice.
These comments from some of these people stun me. Despite the fact that the American Psychological Association has considered homosexuality not a mental disorder since the 1970's, at least 2 of these comments compared it to mental illness! What breeds these attitudes particularly in the south? I am asking this as a southern man born and raised in South Carolina.
Is it religion? Is it the south's resistance to what it perceives as social change implemented by the north? Is it that the loud conservatives outweigh the silent liberals? Is it the southern emphasis on family values while defining families as not including GLBT people? Is it that part of southern culture is to preserve history and somehow that has been united with fear of change? I am honestly curious, because no matter how much science and factual information is put out there, some people still refuse to see homosexuality as part of the normal spectrum of sexuality. Is it a fear of sex and non-rigid gender roles? Is it just saying something to generate shock value?
I am honestly asking. Those who do respond, please do not say that homosexuality is like beastiality or pedophilia, because the major hole in your argument for that comparison is consent.
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