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Stonewall launches ‘Gay. Let’s get over it’ anti-homophobic bullying campaign

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  1. Is Stonewall finally doing something we can all support? It’s so long overdue.

    Lets hope they don’t do something ridiculous tomorrow to undo what they’re trying to do today.

    Remember, their recent foray into discrimination in football with their shoelaces and PaddyPower was a complete and utter joke. Lets hope someone there has grown a brain since that farce.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Nov 2013, 12:34pm

    Now wait for Christian Concern to put it’s oar in claiming abuse of religious freedom and holding the education system ransom.

    1. It is time it was made quite clear to these religious fanatics that religious freedom has limits (bullying, coerction, impinging on the freedom of others, causing demonstratable harm, and the right not to be slandered.) and every thought that passes through a religious persons stultified intellect is not a religious thought.

      Objecting to being vilified and lied about is not an attack on religious freedom. Bullying gay people is not a christian value and being challenged on this and told to stop is not a diminution of religious freedom, it is being told to get real and respect the freedoms of others who have a more dignified approach to humanity and a grasp of decency.
      I think most people would regard CC and CIT as having crossed the line into harm and abuse.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Nov 2013, 2:28pm

        What is quite revealing in all this is that throughout the bullying debate over the past years, not one religious leader of the three Abrahamic cults has issued a statement to condemn it and all three been the key players since the dawn of homophobia, the ones who infested societies around the globe, fomenting and promoting discrimination. They are still doing it. The vile, mendacious rhetoric banded about during the equal marriage debate is further proof of just how culpable and complicit they are. Yet, nobody is prepared to confront them with the facts and truths about themselves. All we’ve received is a mealy mouthed admittance by Welby and Sentamu that the CoE has treated us very badly, not even an official apology, not that that would suffice.

      2. Frank Boulton 20 Nov 2013, 11:59am

        Well said, Renovato.

  3. Great poster! Goodd on Stonewall. Lets get them on buses and walls too.

  4. I’m not gay but I am homosexual. ~Why is homosexual such a dirty word?

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Nov 2013, 2:34pm

      It originates from a medical definition introduced by Freud I believe when same-sex attraction was construed as a mental illness and still is by many right wing religious loons, ex-gay scam industries and their ‘therapists’ of similar ilk.

      1. Frank Boulton 20 Nov 2013, 12:23pm

        I agree with what others have said about the words “gay” and “homosexual”, especially concerning the coinage of the word “homosexual” by Károly Mária Kertbeny. He first used the word in private correspondence in 1868.

        The word “homosexual” is the term used in scientific literature and is, therefore, often deemed appropriate in medical contexts without necessarily pathologizing same-sex orientation. “Gay” is the term, which we use of ourselves for a number of reasons. It doesn’t have pathological connotations and conveys nuances, which “homosexual” does not. “Homosexual” refers only to sexual attraction and behaviour of humans and animals. “Gay” includes our affections, our love, our cultural pursuits, our history and our social affiliations. There is no such thing as a homosexual book, song or film. We talk of gay books, songs and films, because these things do not have a sexual orientation. “Homosexual” might be the longer of the two words but “gay” is the bigger word.

    2. Because of the implied baggage that comes with it.
      It might not be the most overtly homophobic label we get lumbered with, but it carries negative associations of pathologising same-sex attraction from back when gay relationships were illegal.

      It’s also the term of choice for evangelical Christians, Catholics, Republicans and every mainstream institution that’s ever opposed gay equality.

      To use an analogy, if I read you a news report where I said either an “18 year old” died in a car crash, or alternatively a “youth” died in a carcrash, a subtle semantic shift can make all the difference to the impression you get of the person at the wheel and who you blame for the ensuing pileup.

    3. Guglielmo Marinaro 19 Nov 2013, 4:15pm

      There is absolutely nothing wrong with the word “homosexual”, except that linguistic pedants might object to its hybrid Greek-Latin origin. But on that account they should object equally to “television”. Like “heterosexual” (similarly a hybrid Greek-Latin word), it was coined by a pro-gay 19th century Austro-Hungarian journalist, Károly Mária Kertbeny, and was intended by him purely as a descriptive, not a medical, term. The only other serious objection to it is perhaps that it is too formal and cumbersome for everyday, colloquial use.
      Pace Robert in S. Kensington, homosexual is no longer the term of choice for right wing religious loons and ex-gay scam industries. They have replaced it with “same-sex attracted”. There is nothing wrong with that in itself – it is in fact quite accurate – except that it is part of an anti-gay/“ex-gay” lexicon which these undesirable nutcases apparently think they can alter reality by using.

  5. Uh the slogan is Gay. Let’s get the meaning straight, not ‘Gay. lets get over it’

  6. bully – a person who hurts, persecutes, or intimidates weaker people.

    I have never understood how gays – people who have suffered through, survived, evolved and triumphed to become strong individuals could ever be considered ‘weak’

    Furthermore I wouldn’t want to be a homophobic bully at turning out time from XXl on a Saturday – We could kick seven kinds of shyte outta those neanderthals throwbacks.

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