“Progressive” Shouters

BY JON ALEXANDER

I’m sure by now you’re all aware of a Google employee being fired for airing an opinion that wasn’t popular with his employer and the recent instance of some National Trust volunteers receiving criticism for declining to wear an LGBT lanyard.

Both cases are a carefully-cultivated storm in a teacup.

Whereas Google is sticking to its guns, The National Trust has backed down – and rightly so.  The same people supporting the LGBT lanyards were no doubt the same people screaming about sexism when a recent court case questioned whether women could be asked to wear high heels in a place of work.

Personally, I’m not a fan of work uniforms but appreciate a standard has to be maintained.  To allow employees to “freestyle” runs the risk of football shirts, rude language on t-shirts and, for some inexplicable reason, female staff dressed as though they were going out for the night in their local Wetherspoons, complete with cleavage hanging out and no bras. I’ve seen this so-called liberty in operation and it’s distracting, which is why I begrudgingly wear my uniform to work (not that I distract anyone with my breasts before you ask).

Can I dare point out to these progressive shouters that equal rights for homosexuals will not be achieved by rainbow coloured lanyards anymore than women’s rights will be secured by us all wearing lipstick.

I do appreciate the efforts of some companies who support gay rights but your actions aren’t helping. The recent marketing campaign of KLM is a prime example. Their campaign was to show how different people can connect, showing what appears to be a combination of Male – Female,  Female – Female and Male – Male using airline seat belts. Great in theory but only one of those combinations actually works…any other and they won’t “click”.

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KLM’s effort was as clumsy as a pensioner at a nightclub. Not cool. It gave Twitter a laugh but that was it. Any deep and meaningful intention was lost pretty much straight away by this awkward attempt by the airline to ingratiate themselves within the LGBTQRIPOOOLP community.

The recent case of volunteers at Norfolk’s Fulbright Hall who were asked to wear LGBT pins should also worry us.  The volunteers were told anybody not willing to do so wouldn’t be given public-facing duties. Ridiculous. Yet, once again, the progressive shouters were on the case whining and hollering.

I genuinely can’t remember ever checking anyone’s uniform down at my local Waitrose to see if they were wearing any pro-Gay merchandise or an “I love feminism” apron. As a gay man, I certainly don’t require people to tell me they’re LGBT friendly even though a surprising number of people have done in the past. It just makes things awkward.

And I hate those awkward conversations.

I had one recently when an alarm engineer came out to a false alarm call.  He proceeded to tell me about another callout where the owner was with his boyfriend, not that he minds that sort of thing of course – it doesn’t bother him what people are.  That awkward pre-defence people engage in makes me feel so sorry for them. Something in their minds is triggering them to apologise and provide evidence that they’re not homophobic. It stems from a regular stream of Fulbright Hall / Google / National Trust stories in the media, which make the LGBT activists seem more powerful than they are.

I don’t care what people think privately. If we don’t mix socially, I am really not interested. But to be that worried you’ll cause offence must be a nightmare for non-LGBT citizens. Take a chill pill. You are fine as you are.

Do we really want to be a society that has to go through a checklist before we engage with someone?  I don’t want to be around people that are constantly terrified they’re going to upset me with their opinion…it isn’t a power trip I’d like to be on personally.  I want my friends to be open and honest with me, otherwise what’s the point?

So, the next time the progressive shouters start kicking up a fuss, just tell them to put a sock in it. Or tell them to go and sort out gay rights in a genuinely oppressive place – one of the African countries where gays are jailed, Russia which is unpleasantly homophobic or in Malaysia where a whole police department cracks down daily on the transvestite community for religious reasons.

Occasionally, the LGBT rights people have a good point and we should all listen – Premiership footballers seem to have some issue about coming out – but nowadays for these activists it’s almost always about a power-grab beyond equality when they’ve basically already done their job.

It’s 2017 Great Britain for God’s sake. We’re a liberated country when it comes to LGBT matters.

Less shouting = more peace and better social cohesion, generally.

Too much shouting = less peace and more resentment on both sides.

Let’s choose the former.

 

 

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