Earlier this week, I did my first “real” interview for the Washington Blade, for a profile article by Katherine Volin, see link:
It got us thinking; does the media push away or pull in straight people who are not yet decided on the political views of the LGBTQ community?
I would like to try to open a discussion about both the positive and negative effects the media has on pushing the subject of LGBTQ rights.
I would have to say to it has had a positive effect on straight people. I think the media doest an excellent job of getting the facts out to the public while trying not to persuade people one way or another.
I can, however, see how it might be a little redundant for some to be reading the same stories over and over though, but at least it is there for people to see everyday. If does not appear daily, then it will be moved to the back burner and ignored until another tragedy occurs. I believe it needs to be in the news very frequently in order to keep the facts fresh in people’s minds. In the past, the LGBT stories were printed less frequently, which hurt. It made the progress very slow, because people kept forgetting the facts, so in order to keep up to date they would have to re-read past articles, and writers would have to summarize the past events, in order to start a new story just to refresh the reader’s memory.
Some people may think that LGBT stories are too numerous on a weekly or daily basis, but it is very important to keep it this way, because if people are annoyed with the story and tell others they are annoyed, then at least they are talking about the subject! As long as people are talking about it, then it is 100% progress compared to years past when no one would even acknowledge the topic of Hate Crimes, Gay Marriage and LGBTQ rights in general.
I have a biased opinion of course, because of my strong feelings and closeness to the subject, but I would like to hear from others on this topic, and on any topic, so please send any topics and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can post comments on any of my blogs and I will try to address the comments and questions that I feel can start dialogues and discussions. I would like to get discussions started where I can take opposing sides; I am all about trying to open people’s minds to every possible side of an argument. Being tolerant also means, being able to open your mind and see all sides of an argument.
It is called, Empathy: Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives. (Yahoo! Dictionary).
Even if you do not agree with someone else’s point of view, it needs to be understood where people are coming from and why, it can only add to your debate.