|Many straight men in the|
Netherlands are holding hands
lately to protest a recent
homophobic attack on a gay couple
Apparently, the five horrible homophobic teenagers that attacked the couple couldn't stand the fact that the two men had been holding hands as they walked down a sidewalk, something that many, many married couples do routinely.
The teens are in a heap of trouble, of course, and most people in the Netherlands were horrified by the attack.
According to the Guardian, a journalist named Barbara Barend had a great idea to show solidarity to the couple who had been attacked. She tweeted a all for "all men (straight and gay) please to just walk hand in hand."
So, lots of men in the Netherlands are doing just that. For instance, Button-down Alexander Pechtold, of the Democrats D66 party, showed up at a government meeting the other holding hands with his finance spokesman Wouter Koolmees the other day.
Very straight and macho looking Dutch military personnel posted photos of themselves on social media holding hands with other men. Male workers at Dutch embassies around the world also posted photos of themselves holding hands in solidarity.
Holding hands is just symbolic, of course, and, won't in itself get rid of homophobic violence. But it does put the world on notice, that we're not going to tolerate it. Anything helps.
Meanwhile, in much more homophobic Russia, authorities have banned the meme of Vladimir Putin as a "gay clown" whatever that is.
|Vladimir Putin hates this meme of him, so don't share|
it with anybody! Wouldn't want to offend him!
The Russian government has tried to depict Putin as super macho, like that famous image of Putin, shirtless, riding a horse, which to me is the gayest depiction of Putin I've ever seen.
Of course, the rest of the world is laughing at Putin being so insecure there can't be gayish images of him.
True, the Russian government is hostile and violent toward gay people, but one tool to fight that is mockery.
Sorry, with all of Putin's evilness, a good response is to laugh at that jerk.
And we might as well let Stephen Colbert pile on: