What's the big deal about that rainbow flag, anyway…

Surf over to Julien’s List for a great entry, “If Only More Straight People Could be as Understanding.” When you’re dealing with wingnuts that have no concept of what it is like to be an oppressed minority, you come up against questions like this.

So, folks, recently I received a question (in response to a comment I made about how nice it was to see all the rainbow flags hanging from many of the stores and restaurants in Key West)…the question was:

I mean no disrespect, but I am just curious. Why is it the so many homosexual people choose to display the rainbow sign or flag? I don’t see nearly as many “straight” flags of bumper stickers.

Of course, being one of those who love differently than the mainstream, I took the post at great disrespect.

My thoughts, immediately, were as follows…

Do you REALLY need an answer to that? People who love differently are subject to higher taxes, lesser rights in child custody and adoption, the butt of jokes and insults, and countless crimes just for being who they are.

And upon further reflection (like 5 minute’s worth…):

Do you know how wonderful it is to be able to walk into a community where I can hold the hand of the woman I love more than myself, enjoying beautiful weather, and good food, and each other, without hateful words, nasty looks, or other actions from those who do NOT need to hang a flag to show where a “safe” zone is…

Go read the rest.