Monday, December 29, 2008

International Gay Rights - Airdate - 12/29/08 - 4 p.m. (ET)

Update - 12/29/08: This show has aired. You can download the MP3 from our archive. Let us know what you think!

The Vatican recently emitted a negative response to France’s proposed addition of Gay Rights to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

During the last ten years there has been a growing acceptance of homosexuality - at least in most parts of North America and Europe. Also, in many countries, homosexuality's taboo status seems to be on a path of erosion. There's a lot of public debate - both for, against and in the fuzzy in-between. This is significant.

That brings us to some fundamental questions. In regards to homosexuality, how does the US compare to other nations? Moreover, what are the roots to an apparent global homophobia? Hopefully this coming Wednesday we'll air a show on the global historical context, the current situation around the world, and the transformations societies are experiencing in liberalizing homosexuality.

I would appreciate anyone's input and leads for potential guests, events and articles for this upcoming show. Thanks in advance!

1 comment:

Mikhail Silverwood said...

The social-historical evidence makes it very clear when we are investigating homosexuality: it has always been around and it always will be.

No matter where you look in the world, at whatever time, you will find homosexuality. It's in Africa 100 years ago; in India 500 years ago; Europe 3000 years ago; Asia 400 years ago.

Homophobes will come up with theories on an origin of homosexuality: it's a part of modern civilisation, industrialisation or cultural/political formats. But they're all lies, and are all based on no evidence.

Not only that, but homosexual-acceptance has always been around. Through time in memmorial, gays have been accepted in society, never attacked or shunned. It's never happened, no matter the culture, society or religion.
In India, gays and transexuals were given a special status in society; in Africa, they were treated like normal people; in Europe, there was total acceptance.

I'm a Marxist, so I believe capitalism is to blame for homophobia. The evidence backs me up on this: homophobia was never around until 200 years ago.