The world shouted, shouted and let it all out against Uganda. It grabbed some serious online headline time on South African news sites too, right alongside the Oscar Pisfest and all that the ANC, DA and EFF could dish up. For such a nondescript country, that’s no small feat.
What makes it an even bigger feat – to me anyway – is that all this hoopla is about an anti-gay bill that was signed into law. It’s not about genocide or a government coup or the assassination of someone important.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m ecstatic about all the global media attention this atrocity is getting. It deserves all of it. It’s just that I didn’t know the world cared that much. And somehow that’s nice to know.
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni reasoned that his signing the bill into law was because of, among other shit, scientific studies that proved that there is no biological element to homosexuality.
Here’s an article to one of such studies: “Student ‘scientifically proves’ gay marriage wrong”:http://www.mambaonline.com/2013/09/11/student-scientifically-proves-gay-marriage-is-wrong/
My beef with this whole thing (and this stuff in general, really) is this:
Most crimes are punishable by law because they are wrongful acts that harm others and are performed by choice.
Being homosexual is not a choice.
I cannot think of anyone who would choose a lifestyle in which they will at some point and in some cases be rejected, humiliated, persecuted, discriminated against and not have equal rights.
I cannot think of anyone who would choose a lifestyle of which such taboo still exist (pretty much everywhere) to the point that some people have to sit and struggle and stress and hate themselves and go through the painful process just to eventually accept themselves for who they are.
I cannot think of anyone who would choose a lifestyle for which they have to fight tooth and nail to be accepted, to been seen and to be understood for just the person that they are without having a gay label stuck to them.
I cannot think of anyone who would choose a lifestyle where having children has to be a laborious admin and/or scientific process because you don’t possess over the natural means to do so.
If being gay is as societally ‘normal’ and deserving of equal rights as some Western countries make it out to be (it is), there wouldn’t be gay prides or protests to fight equal-rights causes or other public displays.
I find gay prides sad in the sense that you have to throw a big parade to show the world how proud you are of being who you are. It’s not right. What’s right is to live in a world where it doesn’t matter, where you don’t have to scream and shout and dance and prance because there should be no reason to.
That’s why people like Mr Museveni and Mr Putin make me more sad than pissed, actually. It’s sad to live with such blinders and even sadder that their and their population’s collective ignorance will ensure that they never come off.
And above all, it’s ironic that they are the ones with the choice: the choice to persecute those who have no choice.