remember that one chapter in a feast for crows where asha just starts throwing shade left and right like
“I am unwed,”...
As a book, I love Ender’s Game to tiny pieces. It’s the anthem for the smart young outsider, and it’s a hell of an adventure story. I love it and I’m ashamed of how much I love it because it’s written by this man:
“Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage.” —Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card sits on the board of the National Organization for Marriage, attempting to ensure the second-class treatment of queer people and (impotently, but still) threatening to destroy the government over matters of simple equality. He is a frothing, virulent bigot.
Don’t pay to see his movie. Don’t let a cent of your money go to him or encourage the studio to make more films which make him more money to give to people who think pro-equality governments are their mortal enemy.
Co-signing this. OSC is also the unbearable shitbiscuit who described heterosexual relationships as “suppression of natural desires, and an unending effort to learn how to get through the intersexual swamp” and wrote the worst Hamlet AU ever, wherein Horatio, Laertes, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern are all gay-by-molestation and ends with Hamlet being dragged to Hell by his father’s ghost, where he’ll get molested for all eternity. Why are all of them gay-by-molestation? Maybe it has something to do with what he thinks homosexuality is:
“There is a myth that homosexuals are ‘born that way,’ and we are pounded with this idea so thoroughly that many people think that somebody, somewhere, must have proved it […] The dark secret of homosexual society—the one that dares not speak its name—is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally.”
Editor’s note: John D. Sutter is a human rights and social change columnist for CNN Opinion. E-mail him at CTL@CNN.com or follow him on Twitter (@jdsutter), Facebook or Google+. This column contains language that may offend some readers.
Franklin County, Mississippi (CNN) — Statistically speaking, Franklin County should be straighter than John Wayne eating Chick-fil-A. The middle-of-nowhere rectangle in southwest Mississippi — known for its pine forests, hog hunting and an infamous hate crime — is home to exactly zero same-sex couples, according to an analysis of census data.
In other words: It’s a place where gays don’t exist.
At least not on paper.
Before I visited Franklin County, I figured there must be gay people living in Straight County USA. But I didn’t expect anyone to be open about it — and with good reason. As part of this op-ed project, I recently ranked the Hospitality State as one of the least hospitable for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, based on its lack of legal protections. In addition to allowing gays and lesbians to be fired because of who they are, Mississippi is also gracious enough to let landlords evict gay residents.
Those are great incentives for a gay person to become invisible. And being invisible, of course, could mean avoiding census workers.
I drove to this place of rolling hills and misty valleys with a few questions on my mind: Can there really be such a thing as an all-straight county? If so, what is it like to be someone who never has met a gay person? Do you just watch “Glee” and figure it out?
If there are gay people in Franklin County, what keeps them hidden?
I spent a few days searching for answers before I realized I was making the wrong assumptions: It’s not that gay people here (or anywhere really) want to be in the closet, necessarily. It’s the rest of the world that pushes them in and shuts the door.
serious post time
you have never been killed for being straight
you have never been beaten up for being straight
you have never been kicked out of your house for being straight
you have never told you are just going through a phase for being straight
you have never had to defend your own sexuality to people whose support is entirely predicated on whether or not youre “too gay” for them
you have never felt so alone that you literally have to pretend characters in tv shows and books are gay so you can relate to somebody
you have never had to keep your head down for 18 years of your life and then some for being straight all the while being told that as long as you silently suffer the humiliation, the death threats, the real and imagined violence inflicted by school bullies and political pundits and every fucking person who thinks they can somehow justify their hatred with those magical three words “just my opinion” you’ll have a chance at a decent life
so dont you fucking dare say heterophobia is as bad as homophobia just because you got picked on once for being straight, and dont you dare act like trying to take away the one steam escape valve angry queer people have for venting at the people who have hurt them their entire lives is anything close to a meaningful crusade
One of the weirdest things I don’t understand about radical Christians is their insistence that Muslims will codify “Sharia law” if they come to America and yet simultaneously their complete willingness to enforce Mosaic law by banning gay marriage.