The gay issue

This may well be down to the fact that I read the “gay press” a lot but it seems to me that LGBT issues have never been so predominantly reported in the media like they are right now.

I feel that this is a historical moment for gays and lesbians. So many countries are having to deal with recognising lives they have so far largely ignored.

I’m not saying that all the news we hear are positive. Far from it. Gays and lesbians are persecuted in many countries and have very difficult lives in the majority of societies but we can definitely see that the trend is changing in some parts of the world. It’s a process that’s likely to take decades but I feel that we’ve started moving towards a better future.

In the past, issues such as the recognition of same-sex unions, gay parenting, LGBT rights were something that political parties didn’t really discuss to a very great extent but now they all feel they have to take a position on these issues, whether for or against, and if it’s true that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, this has to be a positive development.

The issue is out there in the open, people are talking about it. The hot LGBT issue of the moment is the vote on Proposition 8 in California. That’s the vote whose outcome I’m waiting most anxiously to find out about. More so than the whole Obama vs McCain presidential extravaganza.

More and more people are coming out in support of same-sex marriage and against the Proposition 8 camp. Brad Pitt, Spielberg and, most recently, Google’s own S. When it’s straight people speaking out, it’s particularly heart-warming. After all, you don’t have to be starving to want fairness in the world and those who oppose it are sad, sad people.

So things are looking up for the november vote. The acknowledgement and recognition of LGBT rights is a big change for our society, I’m not saying it isn’t, but also one that is overdue. If all goes well, let’s hope this is a turning point for all the people out there waiting for their lives and families to be recognised.

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