Okay, I’m lucky enough that I’m not on the receiving end of a lot of overt prejudice over my sexuality. So honestly? My first reaction after reading that the UK’s Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling, had been caught on tape suggesting that B&B owners should be allowed to turn away gay couples was to look at the date on the paper. And no, scarily enough it turns out it wasn’t April 1st.*
It frightens me, especially when I look around the world. At America, for instance, with whom we may or may-not have a ’special’ relationship, but parts of which country’s population (though by no means all) apparently think that it’s acceptable to cancel a school prom rather than let a lesbian couple attend. And there’s more. Where that same lesbian couple were invited to a fake prom, along with five others, (including two learning disabled children – for after all, people with disabilities, just like people who are GLBT, aren’t actually human), so that the rest of the school could have a ‘real’ prom without them.
I thought this was the twenty-first century. Seems I was wrong. Welcome to the Dark Ages, folks.