WHY DOES HOMOPHOBIA STILL EXIST IN 2018?

WHY DOES HOMOPHOBIA STILL EXIST IN 2018?

Sean Lìonadh, 20

Writing is defecation. It can sting. It can be surprisingly enjoyable. It can, if you’ve been consuming crap for a while, be a dangerous mistake. But this time, it just slipped right out. It took me places I didn’t know I understood. I found myself exploring not just a homophobic stranger who had shamed me in the park one year previously, but all of the structures that supported and enabled people like her: tradition, education, religion. The heavy duty patriarchal bricks that build up the ancient illusion of “normality”. Normality, I found my left hand writing, is a crowd-sourced fantasy. I thought that one kiss, an act of defiance, might help wake us up.

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