I really hurts an older gay like me to see young kids murdered for any reason. My Partner and I were Shopping in our local Co-op shop when an eighteen year old was stabbed in the car-park and the two teen-age perpetrators are serving Life in the Nick…what a waste of young lives.
I wish people such as those posting on the Isle of Man Forums could appreciate just how destructive homophobia really is. The comments on one of the threads there made me object to the blatent homophobia being demonstrated. It began with someone called an openly gay poster a batty boy. No matter what I said they just won’t accept that homophobic acts can and do end in murder and that it is entirely unacceptable to allow such comments. It is heartbreaking to see what happend to Michael and so many others too. It has to end. Nobody should accept homophobic conduct at any time. Some of the posters on the IOM site accused me of being a member of the thought police! For anyone who might like to read the comments for themselves it is under the thread Graffiti.
It is a shame when any young gay life is taken through homophobia or ignorance or plain old hatred.
It is good to see that an play is being produced to highlight the subject and brave , honorable ,nobal and coragous least one forgets gracious of the mother to allow it to be produced and show her support to prvent such tragidies to never hopefully occur.
You may also like to see the hiperlink attached.
Here is a link to ‘Haram Iran’ preveiw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMsKqNTEPW4
Excellent story, and good for his mother! This was a hate crime, and she is fighting the good fight. Thank you for this!!!
The Human Rights Watch Yearly Reports 2010 speaks of a backlash against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and especially against Gay Rights as Human Rights.
What feeds this homophobia? And why?
It would be foolish of us to sit on our laurels with our accomplishments in the realm of human rights, and to allow anyone, for any reason, to deprive others of their human dignity. The struggle is far from over.
This anti-homophobic play is not only timely and relevant, it is a reminder that the dramatic arts continue to be an excellent medium to reflect both the worthy and the destructive sides of human nature, and to encourage us to become better persons…very simply by applying the age-old wisdom of the “Golden Rule”.
Any teacher, in any school that respects democracy, would do well to introduce students to the deadly effects of homophobia by using this play about the circumstances that led to the violent death of Michael Causer.
Also, the other play mentioned above, “Haram Iran”, represents another fine effort to revive the original purpose of the dramatic arts as a means of promoting the values of our civilisation.
It’s one thing to shout that “we’re queer and we’re here”; another to develop in our own consciences an awareness of the innocent victims of the most irrational mental illness plaguing our efforts to be who we are: homophobia.
All power to Mrs Causer and those associated with bringing this play to young audiences. More needs to be done in this area.
I agree with the previous commenter who said the waste of a young life is so tragic. Even more so when the life is ended because of a blind irrational hatred born of ignorance.
Good to have Mrs Causer on board although under very sad circumstances; mothers count for a lot and I hope people take noticce of what she said inthe same way as Mrs Lawrence did for racisim.