Making the gay blog rounds today, British Prime Minister David Cameron is hellbent on protecting the impressionable, young children of the UK from the horrors of the world. Which is why he has ended homelessness, lifted all families above the poverty level, and has ensured that every single British child will attend university for free.
What’s that? None of that has actually happened? Ah… Instead of focusing on, you know, something that matters, Cameron is attempting to ban all same-sex kissing from television before 9 PM.
The Sun reports that Cameron, the Conservative leader who attended the royal wedding last week, supports a ban on same-sex kisses during the “pre-watershed” viewing hours before 9 p.m. An independent review may recommend the restriction.
Brooke Vincent, who plays lesbian Sophie Webster on the soap opera Coronation Street, took to Twitter to accuse Cameron of not supporting equality.
According to The Sun, the 18-year-old actress tweeted, “I swear David Cameron’s meant to be supporting equal rights. I just think if same-sex kisses are what he is prioritising and concentrating on changing, our country’s in trouble.”
It’s at this point that I really have to scratch my head. I don’t understand what this is meant to accomplish, I don’t understand the motivation behind it, and I certainly don’t understand how someone could be so ignorant as to believe that seeing gay people on television turns children gay.
My ideological belief on this matter has been shifting more and more toward the idea that every single politician that proposes nonsense backed up with the “impressionable children” argument is either a closet homosexual or bisexual themselves. Who else would actually believe that gays have a say in the matter of who they are attracted to? Why do politicians believe that the millions and millions of gay people saying that we were born this way for decades and decades now are all lying?
Furthermore, just what exactly is the threat of two men or two women kissing? What is the worst thing that could possibly come of it? And how does it happening after 9 PM reflect the fact that there are gay people all over the world who are gay regardless of the time of day? It’s insulting to insinuate that a world where I go to sleep at night in the same bed as my partner in appropriate only so long as I slip out of the bed before the sun rises in the no longer gay-appropriate morning hours.
Millions of LGBT people around the world do not simply turn parts of themselves off depending on the hour. Gay parents make lunches for their children and send them off to school in the mornings. Gay couples meet for lunch dates. Gay children sit with the rest of their family at the dinner table. All of these things happen in spite of the time of day, and it’s offensive to propose pretending that gay is only OK when relegated to late-night.
Seriously. This is a non-issue. Move on, Mr. Cameron.