The OutGames, a type of gay olympics, are taking place in Copenhagen. As is usual when gays gather, the games have been tarnished with protests and acts of hate. This most recent event marks the second “hate crime” to occur since the games began. The first involving the brutal beatings of three men participating in the events. This time, a 31-year old man threw a bomb onto the track and field of one stadium, then, less than an hour later, threw another bomb at a second event. Police were ultimately able to detain him. It is believed the sexual orientation of the participants spawned the attack.
Copenhagen, the Danish capital, is generally believed to be one of the most LGBT friendly places in the world. These events clearly indicate that LGBT people have a long way to go before they can be safe from such terrorism.
Imagine though, that a man were to start throwing bombs at an Olympic or similar event not geared toward the LGBT community. Within the hour it took for the man to throw a second bomb, every major news organization would be on scene and a banner would be scrolling on the bottom of every news station screaming “BREAKING NEWS: Terrorist Attack at Olympic Games!” Every talking head in the world would be lining up obscure guest experts to discuss terrorism and event security. Within days, a book recounting the event would be on a lone shelf at the front of every Borders book store. But that’s not the case. In fact, as of the time of this post, only 15 articles appear under a Google news search related to the event – compare that to the more than 3,000 articles published after Sotomayor’s confirmation or 500+ within an hour after a speech about health care by Obama.
I can hear it now from the U.S. opposition of LGBT equality – it’s not a “terrorist” attack, he wasn’t Muslim (their bias, not my own)!!! Before you go there, consider the definition of terrorism:
The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.
— terrorism.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 29 Jul. 2009. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/terrorism>.
It’s sad when people only care when it happens to them, isn’t it?