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Gays Should Be Seen To Be Laughed At And Not Heard

Updated on July 9, 2009

Recently yet another horrific act of hate was carried out when a sailor at Camp Pendleton was killed while in the sentry station there and then the area burned to try to hide any evidence. His name was August Provost, he was 29 years old and according to reports, bisexual. His family reported that he had been harassed for quite some time. I don’t think any of the above is a surprise, nor is it a surprise that the Navy is not calling it a hate crime. What does surprise me is how much hate continues to be spewed on blogs and supposed news articles everywhere. Gays should be seen to be laughed at and not heard – Don’t Get Me Started!

One of the more disturbing things I read about this incident was from someone who I have no doubt in my mind thinks they were being a “decent” person. The entry is entitled, “Perfect example of why Homosexuals do not belong in our armed forces.” (I guess the good news is that they capitalized the word, “Homosexuals”) They went on to say, “Had he not been in the Navy; he would still be alive. The Armed Forces is not a place for Homosexuals. It is a tragic thing; but it his own fault. Gay blades do not belong in the Armed Forces; it is just that simple. This is why this person is dead. Most likely he came onto some officer and they did not like it and they killed him. Do I think it was right, that he was killed? No, I do not. But if he had not been in the Navy and most likely not shot his mouth off, he would still be alive.” Nice, right? Yes, that’s the complete quote – complete with my favorite indicator of the intelligence of the writer as they write, “but it his own fault.”

I know from my usual rants you’re expecting a witty, fast paced take on the situation but honestly the only thing I feel is great sadness. Am I saying the writer doesn’t have a right to their opinion or to share it? Absolutely not, I am too much of a proponent of free speech but what I am saying is that the people with opinions like these are real ever-loving moronic assholes. (And it’s my right to be able to say that too) Why is it always assumed that “a gay” came onto someone and therefore somehow deserved to be beaten or killed? Why is it that the “gays” are always “shooting their mouths off” and “asking for it?” Did you ever consider for one moment you major shithead that “the gay” did nothing and in fact it was the perpetrator of the crime who was uncomfortable with his own sexuality or had some other mental defect and therefore committed the crime? And why is it always about the sex? Why are straight guys so obsessed with the gay sex? I’ll tell you why, because they’re obsessed with sex in general because the only sex they can get on a regular basis is with their right hand and while we’re supposedly one of the most developed countries in the world we have some of the most backward attitudes about sex anywhere on the planet. Who’s to blame? I blame the fear based religious zealots who seem to run our country. The bad news for them is that the days of the white Christians running things are coming to an end (and not in the way they say that they are because of the gays) No, no burning up of the earth by God’s wrath just a new order of human beings that care more about how people treat one another as opposed to where they put their dick. And to that I say, “Amen!”  (Okay so maybe I have some rant left in me after all.)

I know it may be “uncomfortable” for people to talk about sex (thus all the teenage pregnancy and you certainly can’t blame us gays for that one) but we’ve got to start making the right things our priority. Health care, helping this country get back on its feet, learning how to better budget our money and not worrying so much about the fictitious “Jones” family who has more than us and perhaps the only way we’ll be able to do that is to accept who we are as individuals. I think both gays and straights struggle to accept themselves; their flaws, their limitations, their life decisions. If this weren’t the case there wouldn’t be so many self-help books on the shelves and people in therapy. The trick is to not kill anyone else because you can’t stand yourself. The other trick is to realize that gays aren’t just a limp-wristed joke. We’re human beings like any other human being and as Lily Tomlin tells Dabney Coleman as her “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical, bigot” boss in the classic movie, Nine To Five, “I expect to be treated with a little dignity and a little respect.” Gays should be seen to be laughed at and not heard – Don’t Get Me Started!

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    • New 2011 Mom profile image

      New 2011 Mom 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Ok well I must say there are WAY too many hate crimes going on in this world. It reminds me of the Salem Witch Trials because you point the finger and someone, laugh, make fun, be afraid of, and hurt those that are who they are. I'm bisexual and when I came out and said it my family was the worst one's out of everyone I talked to. It hurts to know I can't be who i want to be openly because I get hurt in so many ways and I can't do many things because of it as well. Many girls won't go into a locker with me, when I was in high school and middle school. I also know so many guys who love the fact I'm bi so they can get their "thrills" from having images in their heads. I can go on further but i think it's best I stop here, or else i would never stop LOL. Aweseom hub btw!

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      Rachael Lefler 6 years ago from Illinois

      I like your style of writing, and I'm also sick of victim blaming in our culture. People seem to blame rape, pedophilia, and domestic abuse victims at an alarming rate as well these days, but I never thought they would blame someone for being the victim of hate crime. That kind of ignorance just makes you mad. And sad, and ashamed to live in this country. I liked what you said about teen pregnancy- if I ever have a teenage daughter, I hope every boy at her school is gay, then I wouldn't have to worry about her, Juno-ing on me. Lol. Good hub.

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      somelikeitscott 8 years ago from Las Vegas

      Stacie, as you all ready know - you and I are on the same page. All we can do is try to bring attention to the injustices of the world so that they are not allowed to hide in the cover of darkness...thus the reason gay bars are always so dark! (just a little joke).

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      Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle

      Saying that it is his own fault for being in the Navy is like saying someone got raped because they went to that club.

      Someone who got shot was shot because that person got out of bed and left the house that morning.

      Putting the blame on the victim is not acceptable. I wish more people like you would speak their minds than these hate mongers that do.