"I am a white heterosexual male. This trifecta of privilege means that I'm not routinely subjected to prejudice. But for a few minutes I got to walk in the shoes of a gay person in a public place. For no good reason I had had a slur marked over my luggage. I was degraded. I was shamed. I was humiliated. For me, this was only a few minutes of one day of my life. If what I felt for those few minutes is extrapolated out every day over a lifetime, then I can fully understand why our gay friends feel persecuted and why they have such high rates of suicide. It is unacceptable. It is said that words can't hurt you.
That it is true. But it isn't the words that hurt, it's the intention
behind them. 'I am gay' was not emblazened across my luggage as a
celebration. It was used as a pejorative. It was used to humiliate. It
was used as a slur." - One Sleepy Dad
blogger Aaron, whose suitcase emerged on the Perth airport carousel with the above message. The airline has apologized.
Labels: air travel, Australia, homophobia