Ur so gay. So what?

Published June 19, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

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I love the article Mr Comer speaks his mind on the need for celebrities in our community to make some kind of public confession on their identity. The article refers to Adam Lambert American Idol runner-up declaration that he is gay and son of Icon Cher, Chaz Bono community rights activist undergoing gender or really sex reassignment. The author raises the question why do these celebrities and others need to make such public statements on private matters. His wish

“We lived in a world where Lambert and Bono would not feel that they had to disclose such intimate details about themselves. …they could take their sexuality for granted just as most of us straight people do…”

I note Mr Comer’s need to make his own gender identity clear several times in the article of being a heterosexual man, I wonder why. However, the target for his scorn is the media, which he is also a member of, he goes on to say

“It would be ridiculous if every straight celebrity felt they had to proclaim his or her desire for the opposite sex, so why should famous gay people feel forced to have to announce their preference?”

I simply refer back to his mention of “us straight people” and being the partner of pop star Katy Perry. While the intent of a call for an egalitarian observation of gender rights the execution was a little untidy. In his defence, he quotes Dr King’s legendary October 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. when he declared

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Mr Comer goes on to say that the “same respect must absolutely be afforded to those among us who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender . . .it’s character that counts…”

This later does not escape me as Mrs King put it

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“I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others”… “I have worked too long and hard against segregated public accommodations to end up segregating my moral concern.”

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