There was a big antigay hate rally in Houston over the weekend. You can read about the rally here. (Surprise! The "no special rights" gang is demanding special rights!) The rally's Twitter hashtag—#IStandOnSunday—was hijacked by pro-gay-rights activists. (My predictably lowbrow/smutty contribution to the hijack effort is here.)
Brad Pritch got a photo of some t-shirts that were handed out at the big hate rally:
I have two pieces of advice for these haters:
1. To homophobic parents who bring their kids to antigay hate rallies: You tempt the God of Irony when you put your prepubescent children in antigay T-shirts. Seriously. That could come back to haunt you one day. But, hey, that pic will make for a hilarious #TBT on your grown-up gay kid's Instagram account one day—provided, of course, that his hateful parents didn't drive him to suicide before he could come out. (Like Chris Rock said: "Whoever you hate will end up in your family. You don't like gays? You're gonna have a gay son. You don't like Puerto Ricans? Your daughter's gonna come home with Livin' La Vida Loca!")
2. So you reserve the right to discriminate against gay people? You don't want gay people patronizing your businesses? Great! Put that fact in your ads, put it on a sign in your window, mention it in all of your marketing materials. But you won't, of course, because when it comes right down to it... you're a bunch of fucking cowards. Like I told the antigay bakers of Arizona earlier this year...
Here's a suggestion for all the hatey, butt-sore, anti-gay bakers in Arizona: start an organization—The Arizona Association of Homophobic Bakers—and publicly identify yourselves as homophobic bakers. Put up a website with a list of bakeries that don't want to do business with LGBT people. Put signs in your windows that clearly state that gay and lesbian customers are not welcome and will be turned away....
The homophobic bakers of Arizona will do no such thing of course. Because hater bakers know that putting "We Don't Serve Gay People" signs in their windows will not only cost them our business—business they don't want—but also the business of our straight friends, family members, and neighbors. Business they do want. And they'll also lose the business of fair-minded straight people who think discrimination is wrong. And they'll lose the business of straight people who worry about where this kind of selective, hypocritical, faith-rationalized discrimination could ultimately lead.
So... you there, wearing that t-shirt as a bib at the hate rally? And you there, wearing that t-shirt as a cape at the hate rally? Wear that t-shirt to work and put up a sign and put that exact same message in your ads and up on your website. You won't, of course, because you don't want to pay a price for your bigotry. You don't have the nerve to be out-and-proud bigots. You want to discriminate on the down low because you don't want your bottom line to suffer. Just gay people.
And because you're a bunch of whiners and cowards who lack the courage of your own bigoted convictions.