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Today is day that will live in infamy…kinda. It was a rather odd day for Americans- well, at least educated Americans. Not only was it Columbus Day, but it was also National Coming Out Day. Oh, and if you are Canadian it was Thanksgiving too.

Once upon a time Columbus Day was a holiday that celebrated a fearless explorer and it also meant no work or school. When I was in elementary school the day before the holiday our teachers would preach about what a brave person Columbus was and how America would be non-existent without him. All the students would sit wide eyed and amazed of these tales and then we would make paper plate ships or something of the like in honor of this amazing figure.

As I grew older, and had more history lessons, it hit me Columbus was not the first person in America. In fact, he found people here and due to his poor navigation skills he mislabeled the people here “Indians.” On top of that what about other explorers that preceded him like Leif Erickson and the Norse? What really separates Columbus from Erickson? They both pillaged, plundered, raped, etc.

Fast forward to my college career and I take a lit class that focused on imperialism and resulting colonialism. Now wait- essentially there were groups of people like Columbus that “discovered and conquered,” so what makes Columbus so special? I have no idea to be honest. I would like to believe I glossed over some key point in history, but I think that is a long shot. Well, he was into the Bible, so maybe that is was differentiates him from a viking. For those of you unfamiliar with colonialism and think I am talking out of my ass go read Heart of Darkness. It is a work of fiction based on fact published in the early 20th century, but actually maybe you shouldn’t read it because you would take it too literally.

Now flash forward to present day- it’s National Coming Out Daayyyyy! It is the 21st century and for some reason certain groups of people think homosexuality is satan’s curse and a lifestyle people choose to lead. They can’t take an impartial look at an adult homosexual they have grown up with and recall, Oh yeah, I remember when John would put on Mom’s make-up and sing Barbara Streisand¬† when he was 4. Really, how many open minded people are really surprised when somebody comes out?

It’s never, I would have never guessed, but more like, Ahh, oh yeah, it makes sense. One of my friends that chose me as the first person to come out to reminds me of my expressionless reaction. We were organizing some items onto shelves, not quite looking each other in the eye, and she said, “Just so you know I like like girls.” I continued putting items in front of me and responded, “Oh, cool.” It wasn’t that I didn’t care it was more this is my friend and I love them for who they are and more power to them for being open.

I guess what I’m trying to say is I don’t understand why only five states issue marriage licenses to same sex couples or why so many people look down their noses at homosexuals. Why should it matter? It is not your life it is their life. Get over yourselves and go back to your country club and atrocious art collections. And for the record homosexuality is not a trend or fad. Did we forget about people from the past like Freddy Mercury, Ma Rainey, Gertrude Stein, Michaelangelo and Lord Byron?

So my point is what would you rather celebrate on this double dose day of holidays. This mediocre guy that stumbled upon America:

 

Christopher Columbus: the lucky bastard that has a holiday

 

Or should we be celebrating what these guys stand for:

 

Gay guys: they embrace who they truly are and know how to party

 

I’ll go with the latter.

**EDIT- I thought I published this Monday 10/11/10 at 11 pm, but apparently I was already checked out for the night.**

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