Sunday, October 03, 2010

Why people are especially upset over the suicide of the gay student at Rutgers

I think that the reason that people are extra upset, me included, is precisely because this didn't take place in the South or in some rural conservative community. The fact is that even in the Enlightened North, the Northeast, and the West, there's endemic anti-gay discrimination that folks face both as students and beyond. It's not like regular life up here is a homophobic free zone. Therefore, the experience of Clemente, and his response, is very understandable. I can see how an asshole at college would do something like that to his room mate. It's perfectly reasonable and likely, and most folks have experienced lesser forms of humiliation by these sorts of folks throughout their lives if they're queer.

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