On tolerating homosexuals and such (Editorial, Jamaica Observer)
April 12, 2010
You know what I love (in a cheeky kind of way) about this editorial? Even as its authors concede that a lot will and continue to change regarding the status of gays and lesbians, it still showed ambivalence of its editors about this change, despite their best efforts. Try as they might, they really can’t handle it; that’s what the “and such” is really about. In a way, their ambivalent stance mirrors the attitudes of many Jamaicans today who see that their attitudes are slowly changing but they really can’t get a hang of exactly when and how. This kind of ambivalence wasn’t so noticeable 10 years ago. So, THAT is something to celebrate! In another 10 years, I think we will probably be someplace different, regardless of the vitriolic sentiments that many are clinging on to. Those folks probably won’t change their minds, but others around them are changing, making them more of an anomaly than ever before. Laws don’t change until cultural attitudes shift. I can wait. And so can many of us.