Posted November 1st, 2014 @ 07:01pm by Erik J. Barzeski
I almost wrote something like "Tim Cook confirmed what everyone all knew… now let's get back to something that really matters."
Yet if you read the linked piece above, he says:
In other words: Now let us never speak of this again.
On the surface, tweets like these seem to reflect a lukewarm support for Cook. But they also betray a deep discomfort with the idea of gay people in public life, and even with sexuality itself.
I don't mean it that way.
I mean it in a way I imagine gay people would appreciate: I don't care what their sexual orientation is. I don't care in the same way I don't care what the sexual orientation of my straight friends is. It's a non-issue. They have, in my mind, 100% equal rights.
Isn't that the way it should be? Saying "let's move on" means it's not important to me - not because I disagree with homosexuality, but because I legitimately don't think it should be an issue.
I'm not denying that for far too many, it is still an issue. People still want to suppress gay folk from having equal rights, etc. But I'm not one of them. Tim Cook coming out is about as newsworthy1 as, I don't know, Harrison Ford admitting that he's straight.Of course, I'm not gay, so it's probably very easy for me (relatively) to say that this doesn't matter. While I don't care about Tim Cook's coming out, I can completely understand how his coming out publicly matters to gay men and women around the world. And in no way is anything I'm saying an attempt to diminish those legitimate feelings.
- To me, of course - again, I'm completely aware that there are still far too many people to whom this matters, many negatively.↩