November 27, 2008.
I am only going to say this as I, like most humans, keep trying to find a “reason” and understand why some humans can do such things, and I wonder if these are the same types who were telling lies to get Prop 8 passed.
But the interesting thing is that it is the rich and famous who are the targets in many of these attacks now, no matter what the reasons. In our movement/community history, and probably that of all minorities and all of us period, it has been the poor and powerless who were victims, as, say in gay bar raids. The rich either held their gay events at expensive places that the cops were afraid to raid, or they could buy their way out — that was always my explanation for why a very gay city, New Orleans, was so slow to get a movement for homosexual rights.
Now it will be interesting if these rich travelers, enjoying the good life in some fancy hotel in India, or elsewhere, finally have to face reality as our military people are — to protect them — and Prop 8 might force some celebrities to realize that they also are going to be hurt by anti-gay bigots, in church and out. And the ones who were always in power, no matter which political party, are now going to have to suffer or join the rest of us in making changes.
No more will the rich be able to travel all over the world and not face danger as the rest of us have all of our lives. I wonder how the average person in India — and I think today also in Thailand — thinks about the rich now having to worry about the things they do.
And again, if this is the work of religious extremists, of which India has more than its share, then it is time that the rich and powerful start doing something to stop religion from being more harm than good, as the rest of us have known and experienced for years.
I reject any lies from the right-wingers that this sounds socialist — since it is the average person’s taxes that are being given to the rich bankers, etc., so they are the ones practicing and benefitting from socialism. We are paying for their “business” trips to exotic lands in expensive planes, hotels, and as they eat expensive food that they are not paying for.