I heard a young Russian athlete on the radio this morning and suddenly I felt like I was back in about 1983.
It’s the curse of age you see, there comes a point somewhere in the early 50’s where you start to hear people, generally young people, spout the same ignorant, unthinking bollocks you first heard 30 years ago.
This vile little bigot was of course talking about sport, and Russia, and how they didn’t want people ‘promoting’ homosexuality to young people during what ever sporting event that’s about to take place there.
As you may be able to judge, I know nothing about sport or what sporty thing it is they’re doing, but none the less she got to spout her ignorant hatred without let or hindrance.
Eeer, hello, this is 2013 calling, can you send your ignorance back.
How do you ‘promote’ homosexuality? How on earth do you encourage a young heterosexual person to ‘try being gay?’
It is utter, trite nonsense.
Take for example, a wonderful gay man called Harvey Milk.
Okay, he was shot by a rabid Christian nutter but before he was murdered he once said;
‘I was born into a heterosexual family, I was taught by heterosexual teachers and surrounded by heterosexual school mates. I lived in a world where everything and everyone was heterosexual and yet I turned out gay.’
There was plenty of heterosexual ‘promoting’ going on in Harvey Milk’s life, along with every other gay person. The church, the state, Mr He-Man Putin, he promotes some kind of spooky weird hetero-shit with his shirtless antics. At least I assume he’s straight, mmm, maybe there’s something in that?
Anyway, how on earth can anyone be ‘made to be gay?’
Okay, so you can try and pull Harvey Milk’s statement apart, a gay teacher who tries to seduce a young man in his charge, I would call that abuse, sexual assault or rape which is of course a crime. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen but that’s not what we’re talking about.
This stupid young Russian woman was talking about ‘promoting’ homosexuality, i.e. suggesting that it was possible to turn a perfectly well balanced young heterosexual into a raving screamer just by gay people merely existing.
In my youth it was suggested to me on numerous occasions that I was ‘really gay’ and I just didn’t know it.
This came from both straight women and gay men I suppose simply because I didn’t conform to what was expected of heterosexual men.
I was a bit fey, I had long hair and was apparently ‘pretty,’ hard to believe now.
However through all that I never for a moment thought I was actually gay, I fancied women, simple as that.
I liked gay men, they made me laugh, they were great fun to be with but no amount of ‘promotion’ was going to change me.
So all this bollocks about Russia and sport and promoting homosexuality is such tired old nonsense.
Thankfully in a large section of the rest of the world no one gives a stuff any more, gay, straight, do what you like. But the feeble and weak men of Russia can’t deal with it, it’s frightening so they tell their young athletes to spout such hate filled crap, suggest they use the word ‘promote’ and explain why they don’t want gay athletes to attend their butch sporting events.
Well, here’s a well thought out, balanced response to that.
Piss off Russia, you archaic, homophobic tossers.
… and relax.
Oh, one slight ammendment suggested by @MootReeper on the Twitters.
Not all Russians are homophobic morons, very true. Some of the most caring, non judgemental, sweet natured, well read and intelligent people I ever met were in Russia. Worth mentioning.