Powerful leaders are speaking out for respect for gays
While I strongly believe there is evidence of more tolerance and support for gays and lesbians than at any other time in the history of the world, there is also a growing opposition out there. More recently, Russia has openly discriminated against its gay, lesbian and transsexual population by debarring those athletes from participating ‒ ironic as it may be ‒ from the game that is supposed to unite athletes of different countries, ie, next year’s Winter Olympics.
Russia is not alone in its tirade against gays and lesbians. I do believe Russia’s case (as well as other countries with anti- gay stances) is an expression of fear of what they do not understand about homosexuality. These archaic ideas and notions propel this kind of mentality and this, in the 21st century, is nothing short of sad, disappointing, and cruel to gay people. It prompted US President Barack Obama to tell US talk show host, Jay Leno,”I have no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in a way that intimidates them or is harmful to them.”
Just who does Russia think it is, or any other country for that matter, to judge and impose its laws and barriers and restrictions on gay people?
They fail to realize that there is a loud outcry in the world today, especially from powerful leaders, for tolerance and respect and equal rights for lesbians and gays. Pope Francis ‒ the people’s pope ‒ spoke to reporters on his papal plane and demonstrated how he intends to set the tone of his papacy about gays.”If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” remarked the pope.
Coming back home to Guyana: the voices for gays and lesbians are too quiet. This is because of people being frightened and scared to come out and openly talk about gay rights. The organization that is in Georgetown and which comes out whenever it feels like speaking to the issues is not doing enough.
In less than a week, two of the most powerful men in the world have both made statements that have angered many, I am sure, and have sparked numerous criticisms (silent ones) from gay and lesbian haters out there. But their statements are intended to set the tone of what is expected to be a change of attitude and way of thinking about gays and lesbians.
Speaking out for gay and lesbian rights does not make someone less of a man or woman.