Thursday, September 2, 2010

Homophobia Being Cured With Time


Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, who stepped down as president in 2008, has accepted the blame for gay persecution in Cuba since the 1960's. You may be aware that his brother Raul took over for him after he became deathly ill. The admission of culpability for homophobia is not surprising, since many people in their later years have a “change of heart” with regards to not only homophobia, but also racism. Does The National Organization for Marriage or Focus on The family (main anti gay groups) really believe that equality for gays will not be forthcoming? I severely doubt that. Most of the polls show that old bigotries and hatreds are dying away as generations get older. The young people are no longer taking the same views their ancestors once did.

Castro, who on August 13th just celebrated his 84th birthday elaborated on his change of stance:
In those moments I was not able to deal with that matter (of homosexuals). I found myself immersed, principally, in the Crisis of October (Cuban Missile Crisis), in the war, in policy questions

Fidel Castro may have been influenced by his niece, Mariela Castro. She is the daughter of Raul, and a leader in the fight for gay rights in Cuba. Mariela who is the head of the National Centre for Sex Education, is currently trying to change the laws in Cuba regarding gays. She is trying to get Cuba to pass a law that will recognize gay couples, along with inheritance rights and other issues such as transsexual rights. Ms. Castro recently said of her relationship with her father, Raul:
I've seen changes in my father since I was a child. I saw him as macho and homophobic. But as I have grown and changed as a person, so I have seen him change."
So yes, time is, in my opinion the best ally of the LGBT community. It does not, however mean that we should stop fighting for equality. The opposite is true. The fight has to be pressed and moved forward, towards equal rights for all.

No amount of homophobia or religious interference on the part of hate groups (such as The American Family Association) will stop equality from happening. To those that try to disseminate lies and fear with the hope of delaying LGBT equality I say: Your time is running out.

2 comments:

  1. Yes indeed. Although a slow process, I do feel that equality for gays is inevitable. The new generation seems to be more accepting of homosexuality; however, that acceptance is sometimes marred by the stereotypes that we see depicted in the media. Growth is grow...could it be better? Yes, but as the saying goes "time heals all wounds."

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  2. Thanks for your comment Cappy! Indeed it could be better,and we're going to work to make it better. I take it as fighting to make things easier, because we know how hard it is to be discriminated against and seen as every sort of evil. Time has different ways to deal with wounds..and bigots!

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