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Tue May 1, 2012, 03:14 AM

62. The big picture is, I guess, it's sort of "understandable" since....

.... non-lgbts tend to think of us as purely sexual beings ( when they bother to think about us at all). I.E. we don't have ethics, morals, normal anxieties --- we don't think about paying the rent, how to take care of our aging parents, etc.

In other words we're one dimensional . Defined by our sexual orientation and therefore concerned only with sex.

It's not totally dissimilar to the business about military people sharing close quarters w. lgbts and this being the rationale for keeping us "out". As though we just can't seem to think about anything else. And are completely indiscriminate in our attractions.



The not-so-big picture is I don't blame lgbt people for getting pissed off by it. ( To be clear: I'm not excusing the above; merely trying to *understand* it.)

I've been working w. kids for thirty years. Last year, a parent of a kid in my class got it in her head that he was somehow being sexually molested in the bathrooms on a regular basis. She never accused or even implied that it was me, but she was absolutely *insistent* that "something" was "going on" in the bathroom. I'm not sure how she got that way but I suspect it was from schmoozing with the school "support staff" ... i.e. the security and other people who are always hanging out around the main entrance. I've been increasingly political the last few years on lgbt issues to the point where *everyone* in the building knows. And some are, of course, annoyed by the politics of it and my persistence.

So.... that's probably where it came from. Eventually the parent calmed down and the kid is in my class again this year.I can't really explain it.

There's a lot of things I can't explain.

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