Today at work I was reminded once again how homophobic some men can be. In particular, builders.
A young guy we have working in the landscaping part of our company came in for some reason. He was chatting on his iPhone. I noticed it had a hot pink cover and I noted how cheery and bright it was.
The other guys made jokes about how he had a pink iPhone cover. Because you know, only gays and girls like the colour pink - this is how they think, not how I think. I don't have a thought about pink. It's a colour and a nice one.
I said that they were homophobic and that was pathetic. Then the following brief dialogue ensued between myself and one of the "pink fearing" men.
E: Come on Linda. Surely if your son came home from school and told you he was gay you would freak.
Me: No. If he came home and told me that he wanted to play professional AFL football I would freak and I would think I had failed as a parent. If he came home and told me he was gay I would say okay.
E: You're joking aren't you?
Me: No, I am not.
Then the young guy who had the pink iPhone asked me if I really meant what I said and I replied that I did. He said that was nice.
I can't imagine loving my child any less because of their sexuality. I can't imagine not liking a friend because of their sexuality. I can't imagine why people even think about another persons sexuality unless they are interested in them in a sexual way.
I just think it is crap that in this day and age people have to hide their sexuality because they fear how others will react. Especially in the modern society I live in. Imagine being in intolerant countries.
By the way, I used being an AFL football professional as the failed career choice because the tradesmen on site idolise the ugly, sexist, overpaid wankers that play football. I needed to make it very clear to them where my thoughts lay and that one hit the spot.
Besides, it is true.
I would freak if S wanted to be a football pro.
I am happy with him being a brony.
I am happy with him being himself.