There's been a spate of anti-gay violence in New York lately, beatings and one death. All seem unprovoked and cowardly. The victims were all taken by surprise, either outnumbered by a larger group or unarmed against men with weapons.
It's one thing to hold a public anti-homophobia rally in an obviously anti-gay society like Georgia and not expect a violent pushback. It's another to be walking around the streets of New York doing nothing provocative and be set upon by a pack of thugs. Urbania.
As disapproving as I am of LGBT victimist carryings-on and as respectful I am of traditional masculinity, this kind of contemptible human-hunting behavior, gangs stalking the weaker, is the shameful shadow of men. Acting out a primal instinct of showing dominance, it actually reveals cowardice. No matter who the perpetrators, or the victims, it's always turned my stomach.
Now for the tricky part. About the Georgians.
It's easy to make the locals and their church look like mere barbarians. Especially if you know nothing of their history and current situation. But from their point of view, if you look around at the advanced West, to see what eventuates from the recognition of "LGBT rights", what starts out as a humane plea for the tolerance of a tiny minority winds up with a society where merely arguing against gay marriage makes you a pariah. Seeing that trajectory...