Is it finally ok to be gay?

This is not what I intended to blog about today … but yesterday I happened upon an episode of Katie (Couric) who was interviewing the mother of Matthew Shepard – a university student who was murdered in 1998 for being gay. (

Judy Shepard was saying that the world has changed since then and become a much more tolerant place of the gay community.

I think this is probably true to a degree, but to what extent is society at large now tolerant? I think some countries are definitely making huge steps in the right direction: My birthplace, New Zealand, for one, who this year legalised same-sex marriages (


Gay-rights supporters in Wellington kiss to celebrate New Zealand becoming the first Asia-Pacific country to legalise same-sex marriage. Picture: AFP

However, I believe in some states of America people can still be fired for being gay and I assume hate crimes of this nature still take place in the world (I don’t know for sure as I try to live in a little insulated bubble: (ref:

Having two children of my own, I hope that they will be growing up in a more tolerant, accepting world and I will definitely be doing my best to ensure they can judge people on their character rather than what particular box society has categorised them into.

I have to admit I have very little first-hand knowledge on this subject and would love to hear your thoughts on whether you think society is becoming more tolerant of gay people and whether it is a possibility that hate crimes, such as that committed against Matthew Shepard, will one day cease to exist.

Keep smiling,



3 thoughts on “Is it finally ok to be gay?

  1. I think to some extent religion comes in the way of being tolerant. Or to be more explicit, the interpreters of religion (the clergy) come in the way. We fight for our equality and once we get it, we fight to prevent others from getting it.

  2. I just recently heard on HLN News – Showbiz Tonight, that MaDonna and Lady Gaga has apparently upset Russia. From what I was able to gather they were both told the Tourist Visa didn’t give them the authority to put on a concert. According to the discussion, it was said that it really had nothing to do with their music.Although it was not said outright by authorities, apparently It is completely illegal to even talk about homosexuality in Russia. Both performers were glorifying same sex marriage while on stage. Who is right and who is wrong in this situation. You be the judge.

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