Anyone aware of the civil rights struggle in the US and around the world should find the above photo utterly ridiculous. It was being shared by a page on Facebook called “Right Wing News”. The photo is a symptom of the reactionary movement against civil rights. This dynamic is typical in history—there is always a counter-revolution, or a reactionary movement, to any movement that opposes the establishment. This photo is nothing more than some ignorant person pretending to stand up for the “oppressed majority”. He or she is making fun of the struggles of the minority, in this case, LGBT citizens.
Any minority that has overcome oppression warrants pride in themselves and a celebration for each historical benchmark achieved. Any straight person that wants to pretend he or she is being oppressed because gays are making progress toward equality, and they are proud of it, is nothing less than a bigot.
This photo is equivalent to what the disingenuous conservative pundits are doing in the media by accusing homosexuality of being shoved in their face simply because Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend on ESPN. Homosexuality is not being shoved in their face. It is being treated equally. Yes, Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on ESPN was a big deal because it was symbolic of a historical benchmark, and we gays have every reason to be proud, but it wasn’t homosexuality being shoved in anyone’s face anymore than hetereosexuality gets shoved into the faces of gay citizens, which is exactly what the above photo is doing.
This photo is a mockery of LGBT citizens and our struggle. It is disingenuous because it assumes that heterosexual citizens have had to go through—and are going through—what we have had to go through to achieve equality. The heterosexual mainstream has never been marginalized. The photo is backward for the same reason that a “White History Month” proposal should be laughed at—it’s asinine. It is asinine because it rosily glosses over the struggle of an entire racial minority.
When any person says they feel as if homosexuality is being shoved in their face by the advocacy for civil rights, what they are really telling you is they are disgusted by gays and that said person is bothered by seeing or hearing anything having to do with being gay. The above photo is nothing more than some bigoted individual trying to be cute.