Why welcome public expressions of gay affection that we wouldn’t tolerate between males and females? Joel Engardio, a Democratic Party activist writing in USA Today, proudly described lecturing at a San Francisco high school while “two boys in the front row held hands the whole time I spoke.”
It’s hard to imagine that a boy and girl conducting themselves in the same way in a high school classroom would draw similar praise as symbols of progress. By the same token, we accept lurid displays of nudity and decadence in Gay Pride parades that would be considered pornographic and gross for heterosexuals.
While gay activists insist on equal respect for their relationships, they don’t always demand equal standards of privacy and decency when it comes to flaunting their own sexuality in public settings.