Monday, June 13, 2005

Pink is Not My Color

From 365gay.com via Raw Story:

The leader of a conservative Christian lobby group appears to suggest that gays should be required to wear warning labels, although he denies that was his intention.

“We put warning labels on cigarette packs because we know that smoking takes one to two years off the average life span, yet we ‘celebrate’ a lifestyle that we know spreads every kind of sexually transmitted disease and takes at least 20 years off the average life span according to the 2005 issue of the revered scientific journal Psychological Reports,” Rev. Bill Banuchi, executive director of the New York Christian Coalition told the Mid Hudson News.

The journal regularly publishes articles described by many mainstream psychologists as misleading and faulty. The homosexuality morbidity study was conducted by the conservative anti-gay Family Research Institute.

Banuchi called LGBT Pride celebrations held in New Paltz, north of New York City, and other areas of the country on the weekend “sad”.

He called on people to “pray for those who are deceived by the lies of popular culture, who are caught up in a destructive lifestyle, and for the children who are being zealously evangelized by radical homosexuals.”

Despite using the analogy of cigarette labels, Banuchi tells 365Gay.com that he is not advocating gays specifically be labeled.

Banuchi also alleges that he has received hate mail since his remarks were published.

The issue of labels is particularly sensitive to gays. In Nazi Germany they were forced to wear the pink triangle to differentiate them from other internees at concentration camps.

He alleges he’s received hate mail? Ya think?

Actually, I think it’s a good idea. After all, gaydar doesn’t work for everybody, and I’ve forgotten the secret handshake I learned during my graduate studies in advanced fagology at Comoniwannalaya College. Assuming that every muscle stud that “accidentally” brushed my arm last night with their bulging biceps as I strolled down South Beach last night was actually cruising me would have been presumptuous. So yeah, putting on a big sign that says “HEY I’M GAY” would probably help.

Seriously folks…these people need help. What’s going to happen to the Christian Coalition when the last vestige of tolerable bigotry is finally crushed? Where will they turn? The 1960’s and Martin Luther King made racism outre (that means out of fashion for you straight people), and World War II took all the fun out of anti-Semitism. So why not label the queers? But when you pack us up and ship us off, don’t come running to me when you can’t get a decent hair style or you need someone to redecorate your deluxe double-wide, or all the Broadway musicals are reduced to Bob Jones University’s theatre department doing The Passion of the Christ On Skates. Then you’ll be sorry.