Recently, Barack Obama shocked everyone in a big gathering with his remarks that the gays and lesbians deserve equality. The crowd before him fell silent after that he needed to rephrase what he said as, "I hear people saying things that I don't think are very Christian with respect to people who are gay and lesbian." After that, the crowd seemed to understand what he meant about his earlier statement.
It is rather uncommon for politicians to openly show their support for the LGBT community until recently. Although the world is at the mid of the 21st century and now far from the days of witch hunting at Salem, openly showing support let alone hearing a politician defending the LGBTs is still unspoken. Admit it or not, boys' love when discussed openly, still make most uneasy and squeamish.
Whether Obama is already wooing the votes of the LGBT community, projecting himself as the "goody-goody" Christian politician or simply making a sound political statement, the pronouncement of support made a step further in the LGBT movement's struggles. It showed to the community Obama's readiness to take up the issue of boys' love at the macro level but in a hostile environment. He practically threw himself into the lion's den. He can either be questioned or lose the votes and support of the ultra conservative American people.
The move of Obama is one of the unique political compromises of the government with the LGBT community. Although, comparing Obama's deed to the moves of the first ever openly gay politician, Harvey Milk, may come in as minute. Milk was a staunch gay rights activist and boy's love defender. He did a lot of compromises too but in the world of politics, who doesn't. Milk did them for the advancement of gay rights and even died because of them. Likewise, Obama is attempting to do the same with he's selling of gay rights to the black Church.
These little initiatives on the part of the government may lead the American people soon enough to be accepting and non-judgmental of boys' love. It will make them realize that there is nothing wrong with it and like all the rest, LGBTs have their rights too.
Like society's acceptance of modernity and advancements, issues like equality should be shared with the LGBTs. There should be no distinction, no priority because one thinks that his or her preference is over another. The society is not in the position to judge no matter how sound they think their arguments are. The days of witch hunting were so over and so were the times of gay bashing in the 70s led by Anita Bryant, Harvey Milk's nemesis.
For the LGBT community, Obama may not be your guy last elections. However, his remarks are an indication that he already accepted to play a crucial role in raising greater awareness of the issue amongst the non-gay people. After all, it's them who need a lot of convincing.