All my life I have been despised by straight men. Not because I was a thief, or a liar, or a rapist. Not because I was cruel or vicious or evil. But because I didn't conform to their image of what a boy, or teen, or man should be. For something I couldn't help, because I was born that way. They were happy enough for me to pretend to be what I wasn't, to lie to myself and them. They were happy enough for me to do without love, and without the affection and caring that they got from their partners, because their partners were women, and I (for a long time) wasn't even allowed to make love to a man because it was illegal, punished by a prison sentence. Their contempt has scarred me and deformed me.
"There had never been a time when he hadn't thought of himself as one of this company the mischance of battle had brought together: one with a secret, as many others had of one sort or another; one with an oddity, but there were plenty of those. Lovell, who had owned a freak-booth that toured the fairs; Jansen, who was three parts coloured; Willis; Charlot; Odell, who had started with the handicap of 'talking posh'. Now in a cold solitude he imagined, everywhere in the shadows, men quietly watching, curious, or mocking, or repelled, according to their kind, but all thanking their Maker for the solidarity that didn't include him." [The Charioteer, by Mary Renault]
But if I say I despise and dislike and mistrust straight men, the response I get is that that is "so unfair", that "not all straight men are like that", and so on. Indeed. Yet the anger and hurt and disdain inside me aren't salved by exhortations to be "forgiving" and "understanding" and "accepting". Bitter experience has taught me again and again not to trust men, not to let them into my heart, even as friends, not to rely on them to accept me for what I am. No one can say I am stupid, and one definition of stupidity is to go on doing the same thing again and again even though what you do doesn't work and merely gives you pain.
And behind this whole cultural hate-fest lies the Church, with its assiduous drip-feed of homo-hatred and lies: "abomination", "intrinsically disordered", "kill the gays".
I cannot forgive or forget.
(Update: Blogger hasn't fixed its problem with the "adult warning". Will go back to posting at my WordPress blog)