This was something said to me last week on Facebook, when I said that I was unhappy that a gay couple in East Texas had been thrown out of a restaurant with the remark, “We do not like f**s.”
This is another in a series of special edition columns focused people and issues that affect the continent. This week’s column is focusing on gay rights throughout Asia. Read More News in Asia: Gay Rights Edition
Each time I do the news, I look for one little ray of sunshine in all the bad news. And this week we have a great one. I put it at the end so when you leave, you feel a little better about the world.
This past week on Facebook, lots of people changed their profile pictures to a red equality sign to show their support of overturning the absurdly named Defense of Marriage Act. (Whose marriage does it defend? Not my Christian marriage of 20+ years to my husband, I assure you.) Read More Oh Shut Up, Rick Warren. And I Mean That Compassionately
Having teenage kids gives you a whole variety of reminders that you’re getting older. You’ve probably had that experience of running into old friends and first thinking, hey, nothing has changed and then realizing, um, I was pregnant the last time I saw her and now that baby is in college.
Being from the San Francisco area, I was one of many locals horrified by Chris Culliver’s homophobic remarks last week (about how he’d never play with a gay team-mate – “We don’t got no gay people on the team. You know, they gotta get up out of here if they do. Can’t be with that sweet stuff”). Being the daughter of a former English teacher, I was one of many writers almost as equally horrified by his mangling of the language. But the reaction he prompted was incredibly reassuring. Of course the 49ers organization condemned his remarks – they know their market! – but plenty of other NFL players chimed in, offering their support for gay rights and marriage equality. Seemingly overnight, because of one fairly idiotic remark, the homophobia that has long been ingrained in sports culture seems to be dissolving. Read More The Super Bowl of Gay Rights
The hardest lesson: no matter how determined and strong your love is for your children, it will never be enough to completely shield them from hate and ignorance. And sometimes all you can do is throw someone’s hate-filled chicken back at them and hope you score a head shot.
The news in Haiku is a few days early because I’m going on vacation to a place without phone or Internet. Coco will have her updates to the news on Friday.