LGBTQ+ Rights

The Subtle Homophobia That’s Gradually Affecting Us by Lisa

Imagine the process of ⁤wet shaving.⁢ The razor smoothly traverses your face, ⁢effortlessly removing stubble and seemingly leaving your skin ‍smooth and flawless. ‍You rinse off the foam and run your hands over ⁤your face in ‌satisfaction, admiring ‍your work in the mirror. But wait, what’s this? A stray ​hair. Then another. And another. Upon closer inspection, your shave wasn’t as perfect as you initially thought. You find yourself having ⁤to go ‍back in with the razor, hacking ⁢away ⁤at the stubborn hair. ⁤Sometimes, it takes ​a few tries. And even⁣ then, there’s probably another, more resilient hair that you can’t see, perhaps hidden in ‍the crook of your neck. Eventually, ⁢you give up. After all, what harm is a few stray hairs doing? No one will notice, no one will care.

Now, you might be wondering where⁢ I’m going with this analogy. The wet​ shave represents years of LGBT activism, improved equality, ‍and increased visibility. It symbolizes equal⁢ marriage, the ability to have children, ⁣and the rights we have fought⁣ for. The stubborn hairs that refuse to budge, but you‍ think you can live with, represent the remaining homophobia. It’s sneaky, stealthy, and⁤ persistent. Some might find these stray hairs acceptable, but I don’t. And ​neither should you.

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The rapid ​shift towards liberalism and ⁣equality has made homophobia a taboo, as it should be. Very few people,⁤ even the​ most disagreeable, right-wing neighbor or narrow-minded individual, would want​ to be labeled as homophobic. Yes, homophobia still exists ⁢– LGBT individuals are still subjected to violence and discrimination ⁤daily ‍– but the ‌official stance is ​that​ this is unacceptable. Governments have enacted laws, offenders have been punished (eventually), and ⁤most blatant acts ‌of discrimination have been relegated to the past. However, this doesn’t mean the battle is over. Far from it. Homophobia and transphobia ​are still pervasive, so deeply embedded in⁣ society that they seem natural. Most people – ⁣primarily straight individuals,‌ but also some LGBT people ⁣– seem indifferent or uncaring.⁢ But if ​you hand me⁢ that torch, I’ll shine ​it into some dark, uncomfortable corners.

Consider the US election, a spectacle of chaos by any standard. Amidst all the usual controversies, one thing I⁣ noticed was the tendency of some critics to expose what they perceived⁢ as Trump’s own prejudices by depicting him as the very‍ things he despises. He’s been portrayed as ⁤the devil, and there’s probably a poorly edited image of him as a famous dictator somewhere.⁣ But the preferred depiction, aside from casting doubts about his mental health, is ⁢either in full makeup or in a romantic setting with ⁣Vladimir Putin.

The underlying message is always the same – Trump would be outraged by such a portrayal, so let’s spread it as widely‌ as possible to emasculate him, his worst fear.⁤ This is disguised as activism but is merely a shallow attempt⁢ to‍ gain attention and notoriety. It also implies that the only way to ⁤degrade powerful men – supposedly the worst⁢ thing that can happen⁢ to‌ them ⁣– is by portraying them as gay, bi, or feminine. In February, The⁤ Economist featured Trump in lipstick puckering up to Putin, with a‍ corresponding kiss mark on Putin’s cheek.

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