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September 27, 2007
While the world is busy discussing and debating Ahmadinejad’s speech I’m busy thinking “are homosexuals the new victims?”. No, they are that old, starving, bruised but still loyal dog at the other end of someone’s baseball bat. They are one of the convenient cut-outs that can be easily brought to the front of a debate, but no one bothers resolving the problem of inequality and discrimination against them. They are in the same line with the oppressed women, the religiously eccentric, the cuter kind of animals, the immigrants, the elderly, the mentally challenged and physically disabled. It’s good to have them around, all hurt and dishonoured, mocked and laughed at, brought to the front when there’s a point to be made and kicked back into the barracks when they have served their purpose. They are very much like sex slaves of political life. They are being paid in hours of live-feed broadcast and in words of angry and opitionated articles. The conclusion? Next time you hear someone trying to make a point by arguing on the side of these ‘socially vulnerable’ people – don’t buy it. No one gets to talk for the homosexuals unless they’ve actively done something to improve their status in the society.