Recently, I sent this Youtube video promoting equal marriage rights in Britain to a friend who shocked me by saying that this sort of “advertising” only hurts gays by evoking the “yech” factor among members of the straight majority.
I was shocked because I have never seen this person as homophobic, but she said that only gays find this couple “sweet” and “lovable”.
For mercy’s sake, it’s not as if the couple are going at it hard and heavy on the tarmac. They are just kissing.
But my friend said that this sort of thing, and increased demands for rights in general, fire up revulsion and hatred, and that this is the cause of increased homophobia and gay-bashing.
Her comments reminded me of the “blame-the-victims” approach adopted by the present Pope back in 1986 when he was Cardinal Joe Ratzinger, head of the Inquisition (sorry, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, they changed names). In his pastoral letter On the Pastroal Care of Homsexual Persons he essentially gave indirect moral and intellectual support to gay-bashing.
Ratzinger claimed violence against LGBT people could be understood in context of the growing public acceptance of homosexuality: “But the proper reaction to crimes committed against homosexual persons should not be to claim that the homosexual condition is not disordered. When such a claim is made and when homosexual activity is consequently condoned, or when civil legislation is introduced to protect behaviour to which no one has any conceivable right, neither the Church nor society at large should be surprised when other distorted notions and practices gain ground, and irrational and violent reactions increase.”
Yes, yes, I know that Ratzinger elsewhere says bashing gays in naughty. But a sentence like the one above makes it clear where he really stands (wink, wink).
So what do people think? Is such advocacy advertising harmful or helpful? Are gays just creating a backlash that “society at large” should not be surprised at?