Gay Men: Don’t Be A Hypocrite When You Preach About Discrimination And Equality

Sly

Sly Merritt has a BA in psychology/sociology. MA in clinical psychology. He's a flip flop wearing hippy with a peaceloving mindset. Even pacifists like him know when it's time to do all we can for LGBTQ equality. Sly's views are all opinions not advice.

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4 Responses

  1. HRH HOWARD says:

    Your so right in your rant the sad part is that our kind only learn the true lesson in life when the new is not and were left with only the memories of days gone by and alot of what ifs and this only if each has found True Love for themselves, family, spouce(of more than 7 years) and faith. Heres to you wishing you a wonderful holiday season starting with many thanks~

  2. Tom Janus says:

    Well said Sly…something that I’ve learned in my gay life, is that it’s not that important what people think of me, as much as how I think of other people. For me anyway, I find it to be a less hostile environment. Have a great holiday…)))

  3. BosGuy says:

    Sly,
    Who are you hanging out with that does these things? I’m the first to admit my sarcastic sense of humor is cutting, but I’ve not seen anyone taunting a homeless person or teasing someone for wearing pink.

    My friends and I are plenty critical and many have a bitchy streak a mile wide but there is a difference between what I describe and what you share in your editorial. Why would you remain friends with people who exhibit this behavior. You attract what you put out.

    I can be pleasant to nearly anyone, politely saying hello or inquiring how they are doing, but I need not be friends with the type of person you describe. I prefer my friends to exhibit characteristics I can admire; not be ashamed of or embarrassed.

    • Sly says:

      Guy, I’m glad you feel as though you have such outstanding friends and that’s always great attributes to be around, but you’re missing the point of my article. This isn’t about seeing a problem and choosing to ignore it because that in fact is doing nothing. I feel these varying degrees of associations through social media is a great way to communicate and strengthen the community by pointing out what’s wrong and calling it out. So that we can move forward towards equality and treating everyone with dignity and respect. Nothing ever gets fixed if we don’t address the problem in the first place so this isn’t a case of “attracting what you put out”.

      And this isn’t about my friends, this is about people walking down the street, people on twitter and other social media sites that partake in activities like this. It sends a disturbing message not only about them but us as a community as well. We’re not perfect and we all make mistakes. That’s why I’d rather spend time addressing it, hopefully discussing it like adults and why it’s happening in the first place to rectify it, rather than simply walking away.

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