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  •  Neither India nor any other country has (1+ / 0-)
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    outlawed homosexuality (as a sexual orientation), only homosexual behaviour. One man desiring another, or one woman desiring another, has never been illegal - it is acting upon that desire that has been penalized in backwards countries and regions.

    Therefore, I hold that my usage of the term 'homosexual behaviour' was correct, in that this diary is referring to the laws of various places and times.

    And as a gay man, I take offence to your assumption of the right to determine what in my own words is offensive (or not) to myself - especially since that arrogant assertion of right-to-offence is made without even seeking clarification, and assuming that I (an out and proud gay man) would make the mistake of conflating behaviour and orientation.

    •  This can be a positive and needed conversation: (2+ / 0-)
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      Renee, Australian2

      While a society can outlaw the behavior of two men or two women having sex together (whether they are "gay" or not) or other observable actions or maybe announcing that they are gay--it is much more difficult to outlaw feelings because the feelings could go unstated.

      It's also important to recognize that being "gay" is a much more recent cultural construction. Check this diary called "Was Alexander the Great Gay" for more on this.  

      It's easy to misunderstand and jump to quick conclusions when we only communicate in anonymous forums. :-)  

      "It's kind of fun to do the impossible!"

      by ljcrazyhistorian on Mon May 28, 2012 at 01:04:08 PM PDT

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    •  I apologize for offending you. I am also out (2+ / 0-)
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      ljcrazyhistorian, Australian2

      and proud and I see clueless straight people use the distinction between orientation and behavior to justify their bigotry.

      Poverty = politics.

      by Renee on Mon May 28, 2012 at 02:34:11 PM PDT

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