The Gay/Straight Group On HubPages!
I’d like to say that I’m shocked but the thing about it is that I’m not shocked at all. I have been writing on HubPages for years (yes, years) now and what always amazes me are the hubs that people feel the need to comment on and the ones they don’t. I’m simply fascinated by the whole thing. And while I’d like to say that I have a theory on what makes people comment on things and what doesn’t, the truth is that I have no clue. What I do know is that a lot of people like to read their own press that they create for themselves (whether it’s a hub they’ve written or a comment that someone comments on that they feel they need to continually comment on until the proverbial dead horse has been beaten more than to death but into its next life or something). Hell, I’m one of them. There are a few hubs that I’ve written that I like A LOT. And what’s more, I adore the comments (both bad and good) that come along with them so when I re-read the hub I always read the comments too. Recently I read (and commented on) a hub by Brimancandy “More Straight People Support The Gay Community Than We Think” and I was astonished at the gazillions of comments that were left. Even the negative ones that tout the same tired argument that us gays have an “agenda” and we’re “destroying family values” and that we’ve “caused earthquakes” and “birds to fall dead out of the sky” got me to thinking. Whether or not the defenders of everything NOT gay know it or not, in their own way they have become a member of a club they had no idea they were joining by leaving their comments. It’s what I’m going to call the Gay/Straight Group on HubPages!
I have found great support from people who are gay and those who are not who have read my hubs. I’ve enjoyed reading hubs by people who are gay and straight. I try to do my best to comment because I know how exciting it is to get that email telling you someone has commented on your hub.
When I write I tend to do it in a much more flamboyant voice than my own and sometimes I make the argument for something or bring up a topic just to rile people up a bit. But what Brimancandy was saying in his hub was just a simple comment based on his own experience. He went to gay pride, he rode a float and was struck by the great feeling it gave him to see so many straight supporters there. And as I scrolled down to see familiar defenders of us gays here on HubPages leaving comments I saw just as many Hubbers that I didn’t recognize. I didn’t see anything new or particularly interesting to tell you the truth but I’m a firm believer that I would rather have someone tell me they hate me to my face instead of just making limp wristed jokes behind my back. And that’s exactly what the Hubbers who are disgusted by us gays and our supposed “choice” voice in their comments. And in a way, good for them because we can’t play the game if we don’t know who the players are, right?
I don’t think anyone can really change anyone’s mind when it comes to religion, politics or us gays by posting on HubPages (or knocking door to door with pamphlets) but if it makes you all feel better to post it then have at it! What you may not realize is that some may see your comments as (dare I say it) archaic or just plain stupid. Still, when you hit that “enter” button you become a part of a specific group that feels the need to comment on what I’m renaming the “The Homosexuality Hubs” – quick someone do a staged reading somewhere of the Hubs with gay content and then have people voice in the comments!!! Great idea, right? God, I’m good! (Oh, I just mentioned God, that’s bound to get a few comments!!) So to those who support and those who report that we’re going to hell I’d like to say, “Welcome to the Group.” You may not know it but you are officially part of the Gay/Straight Group on HubPages!