In which gay reality eclipses gay irony

 

This man is being oppressed.

 

 

Let us contemplate for a moment the difference between majority and minority.

Majority: the greater part or number; the number larger than half the total (opposed to minority): the majority of the population.

Minority: the smaller part or number; a number, part, or amount forming less than half of the whole.

Gays are a minority. Straights (or “breeders”) are a majority. As a majority, the straights have conscious or subconsciously formed a society around themselves — a society that responds to and serves their needs. The Gays live in this society, too — a fact that is being slowly accepted. However, Gays also need, or at least want, a society that responds to and serves their needs. At a small level, this is accomplished on university campuses via Gay & Lesbian Support Groups, or Gender and Sexuality Centers, or whatever you want to call them. In a heteronormative society that inherently offers things like insurance benefits, marriage, and positive role models for the Straights, these groups offer some minuscule sense of support for Gays who may have difficulty in a world where people blame them for, you know, bad things they didn’t do.

However, some opponents to the Gay centers see them as a threat, or through a lens of jealousy.

“Hey, how come the Gays get their own center. I want a Center. No special treatment!”

Well, it is mostly because you already have a center. It is called Everything Else.

I made fun of this not-uncommon complaint in the infamous Racist Backpage.

Well, this week has been one of those times when something that once was a Bad Joke is a now on path to be a Real Law.

Any state college or university that uses state funds for one of those sordid dens on iniquity that go by the euphemistic name of “gender and sexuality centers” (read: “Gay & Lesbian Support Groups”) must now also fund a Family Values Center.

The provision, part of a budget bill, was put forward by Wayne Christian of East Texas and passed 110-24.

Wow, what a fantastic use of resources. Bill supporter Wayne Christian defended this policy as merely equalizing the playing field:

“I’m not treading on their rights to that, to teach alternative sexual behavior,” said Christian, R-Center (right). But he said they must match it, dollar for dollar, with advocating heterosexual, “traditional values.”

Hey, but you know what else is already advocating heterosexual values? Everything else!

But what exactly will these centers teach as heterosexual values? I assume something along the lines of how to write a prenuptial agreement to make divorce a breeze!

The purpose of these Gay Centers is to provide some support for people who do not have support inherent in our societal structure. Or, as a secondary purpose, they can educate others to help reform our society into one where the centers aren’t necessary. However, given that Christian is a man who feels the need to apologize for describing the terms that he actually uses in his bill, maybe he could spend some time hanging around one of these Gay Centers.

The legislative debate on the issue included Christian apologizing to the women in the gallery when someone asked him to define “pansexual,”

In his own argument for Straight Centers, Christian inherently makes the argument for Gay Centers. In fact, he admits to this:

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, asked, “What is a pansexual?”

Christian said if Castro would go to UT’s or A&M’s gender and sexuality centers, “they would teach you.”

So given that Christian admits that people can learn things at the gender and sexuality centers, what does he think people can learn at Straight Centers? I don’t really know, but maybe he can provide the answer to one of those Questions to Never Ask. Ever.

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