There are no gay unionists!!! It really is a curious thought , isn’t it ? The idea that within the entire unionist voting community there are no homosexual people anywhere. None! Nada!They just don’t seem to exist. Well.. if they exist….Where are they? Maybe it goes against the grain for a homosexual person to even think of voting for one of those parties . You can see why , if that actually is the case.As a gay person , you’d really have to do some mental gymnastics to square that particular circle and join “Team Unionism”.Certainly , neither the DUP nor the TUV seem to recognise any of them existing….or if they do ,they probably feel they can be “fixed” in some way , either by hypnosis or by some pill. They are certainly not about canvassing their votes and actively chase those votes away. They don’t , apparently,want their vote . You’d imagine that any party would try to encourage as many votes as possible…not so. It is possible that many gays are huddled in some darkened corner of the Official Unionist Party but I really don’t know.
I have no real idea what percentage of voters out there are gay , but there have got to be many.i know several within my own extended family and neighbourhood and I don’t really give it much thought…well not until now . They just get on with their ordinary lives ….but ….Gay people will never enter the hallowed doors of either of those aforementioned parties. There’s not much to encourage them , after all. Of course , who would ever want to , given those parties previous track records in relation to all things gay. Those parties have certainly not laid down any welcome mats for gays or lesbians …or even free-thinkers .It is a curiosity because any one of us ,and possibly even yourself , dear reader, can cast a glance throughout your own extended families , friends or colleagues and see that a percentage of them are gay. They haven’t got two heads or have striped skin so it’s hard to count them but they’ve always been there .It was always like this throughout time and history. It’s nothing new. Of course there is a long track record of disparaging or discriminating against gay people by these parties . There was the “Save Ulster From Sodomy” campaign, in the past where they imagined themselves in the bedrooms of the land and attempted to legislate what goes on behind the every closed door of every house-holder. That is a curious , prurient thing to do , really .It’s like worrying whether or not your neighbour plays with train sets in the attic. Why would you even care? you’ll probably never see that Hornby or Tri-ang set anyway.
The outworkings of this is the DUP’s” Freedom of Conscience Bill “which they are promoting.. It is really a bill to discriminate , of course .It is still more of the same old Bible -invoked slant on a right-wing form of Christianity which still can’t quite shuck off it’s Old Testament revenge-leanings. It also manifests itself in the recent DUP’s slight on the Muslim community and also the mad anti-paganism and fear of folklorish, demonic devilry that we hear of regularly…most recently along the Antrim coast.”Paranoid” doesn’t begin to describe any of it . It is the kind of madness that has always stirred -up low-level racism across Norneverland. Should a religiou/politicals belief be allowed to dictate laws if that religion/politics practices discrimination or is inherently of racist bias?. That is the big unasked question at the core of all of this. Nobody asks it as they squabble over private sexual practices they’ll never see…but it’s why the Jews eventually ended up in the ovens of Nazism.
Would it matter if Jesus Christ was gay or not, for example ? Does it really matter? He may have been, for all we know.We only know of legends written down years after his existence anyway; a few scraps of stories of a man’s life . As John Prine sang…”Jesus ..the missing Years”. What did he do in his twenties when every young man is out flying his kite? Did he have girlfriends or boyfriends? Nobody actually knows. This person had greater worries in his early thirties .This was a man who believed he was a “god” of sorts…or at least thought that he was a representative of a god and that his point of view was worth sacrificing himself for. When someone today has those kinds of thoughts , we frown and worry about them and think that they are guilty of self-harming. When suicide bombers blow themselves up for their beliefs, we shake our heads in disbelief . We live in very different times with much more information at hand. We also now know something about delusion of course.
At least, some of us do….but there are many in Norneverland who do not.