quote: James Lazar, a 38-year-old Chicago man was married (to a man), but had refused to change his status for some time due to the male-female icon. He commented, "I don't like being forced into typical gender roles -- because we aren't. I think it's offensive."
quote: I'm sure there are many stable well adjusted homosexuals out there.
quote: You could also observe that if the situation were to be reversed, you would think it inappropriate to have your heterosexual relationship status reflected by a picture of two guys. It's not a big deal...
quote: You also have to bear in mind that without a few militant people nothing would ever change, because nobody ever listens to apathetic people.
quote: When the icon to represent you doesn't exist it sends the message to society that you don't exist
quote: When the icon to represent you doesn't exist it sends the message to society that you don't exist, or that your existence is unworthy of recognition.
quote: Homosexuality is a disorder.
quote: In other words, gay people are great as long as they don't exist.
quote: No, the idea is that gay people can be invisible because their qualities are indistinguishable from heterosexuals and that that's a good thing.
quote: The idea is that gay people who possess qualities that fit the stereotypes, particularly effeminate men, are inferior.
quote: I don't see it as being implied by Samus' post that you responded to.
quote: "Militant" gay people have every justification to behave the way they do given the high level of bigotry gay people face in our culture and in the world in general.
quote: Anyone who is an activist (someone who stands up for themselves) is "acting like a douche" according to the mindset responsible for labeling activism "militant/annoying" behavior.
quote: It's the same mentality that demands that gay people remain invisible with statements like "I don't care what you do in the bedroom, but I don't want to hear about it".
quote: The key is to get your point across without being perceived as militant / annoying by those whose opinions can be swayed. You may have die-hard opposition to your cause that will always label you as such
quote: Why do you want to broadcast what you do in the bedroom? I personally don't really want to know what anyone does in the bedroom, gay or straight.