A Word On Equality Efforts
by, 11th April 2013 at 06:47 PM (535 Views)
So there's been some recent questioning of Bulbagarden's stance on and effort towards equality. I'm not going to get bogged down in what the specific objections were, but they related to the rule banning use of the word "gay" (or synonyms) as an insult.
I'm not going to preach about why this rule is so important here. I'm not LGBT+, so it's not really my place to say how this makes LGBT+ people feel. I have many friends who are, though, and here is something that one of them wrote that I think is relevant to this issue:
Note: This is an excerpt from a letter to Nicola Sturgeon (Deputy First Minister of Scotland and Cabinet Health Secretary), the full letter can be found here: http://www.labourhame.com/archives/2576I knew I was gay when – like most teenage boys – I started liking what they like. I didn’t fail to accept it – so I don’t want to exaggerate some story of battling self-discovery – though I wasn’t exactly happy about it. It was more of a cringing instant realisation. But what to do then? I was a pretty fantastic liar – a master. Gay people are, were, made to be. Once the realisation took hold, the fear – it’s the fear that’s the problem – built a structure of outward deceit. Every time a mate said “don’t be such a poof” to you because you don’t fancy going out that night or some other social inadequacy worthy of the epithet, your stomach does three somersaults. Every time, for eight years. Not a day – barely an hour – went by without someone pejoratively using “gay” – mainly to mean “bad”.
Eventually, almost like a contradiction, the fear becomes standard. And this is the greatest damage – it entrenches itself, every “gay” another nail and over time it becomes normalised. This is the harm that is done to gay people: not just that I couldn’t so much as have a kiss for most of my teenage life, but how it heightens to an irrationally high degree the perceived consequences of coming out and taking steps vital for happiness. And so it’s not the fancying guys that makes you different, but the way fear becomes engrained into your life and sense of identity. But it does make you different.
Note 2: This blog is not an invitation to debate the rule. Any comments debating the rule will be deleted.
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