A lot of people seem to be reading these posts, but no-one is leaving comments. Of what are you afraid? Leave me comments, people! The dissection of 'what went wrong' with the recent Proposition 8 results has been on my radar a lot lately. I have been astounded by the low level of discourse from those opposed to same-sex marriage and civil rights for years, but it seems to have sunk to a new low since this November. The protests by members of my tribe have been characterised as overly-violent and an attack on religious freedom when, in fact, the public demonstrations have been much less violent than were the race riots of the Sixties. And yes, they are equivalent struggles. In both cases, a minority group has been singled out for discriminatory treatment by the majority. It is particularly sad that so many members of the Black and Latino minorities have chosen to ally themselves with the oppression in this instance. It is a clear indication that there has actually been very little progress in race relations that so many (Republican white) people are claiming that Barack Obama, born in Hawai'i, is not eligible to be president of the United States because he is not a natural American citizen. In any case, logic has little to do with prejudice. Why would someone choose to be gay in a world in which gay people are despised and treated as second-class, not quite human, citizens? Do the people espousing this ridiculous theory think that gay people are not aware that they will face violence, loss of life, loss of employment and all the other forms of discrimination and still 'choose' to be gay? How wilfully ignorant, to ignore the fact that admitting to oneself that one is gay is a traumatic experience, that admitting to others that one is gay takes courage and fortitude because our whole society is aimed at the common denominator, which means that every gay person, who by the way can only be born as a consequence of heterosexual intercourse, is subjected, in fact bombarded, with heterosexist images and expectations from the time he/she is born. The pressure to conform is enormous and unrelenting, and results in gay or questioning youth having the highest suicide rates of any identifiable group. We no more choose to be gay than Black people choose their colour, or than you chose the colour of your eyes or the curl in your hair. However, you DO choose to hate based on colour or sexual orientation or the colour of someone's eyes. Hate is learned behaviour, and home-schooling is the worst thing to happen to education since it was taken out of the hands of dogmatic religious fanatics and placed in the public realm.