Margaret Court continued her obsession with homosexuality in weekend media. This time the former tennis champion used a major Melbourne Sunday newspaper to claim that sexuality was sometimes the result of sexual abuse as a child.
Factual? Not at all. Misguided? Absolutely.
While the rainbow chorus and its many supporters again used its collective voice to trounce Court’s latest far-fetched opinion on sexuality, we noticed a bit of a pattern starting to emerge.
There’s a small camp in rainbow land who’d prefer not to know the latest vomit Margaret Court is spreading through the heterosexual community.
Stop reporting on her, they call. You’re just giving her more oxygen.
But are we? Well, yes and no.
Granted, keeping abreast of the issues further stirs the debate and possibly encourages Court to spew forth more factually-barren opinions.
But if we didn’t report, who would launch the counterattack? Nobody, that’s who.
The mainstream media are delivering Court’s diatribe into the family heartland. The people reading her opinions are the very people we need onside if we are to win the current push for equality.
They are also the people we want to have a greater understanding of sexuality to help smooth the coming-out path for their sons and daughters, should they realise one day they are gay.
Agreed, Court’s comments are hurtful and they are causing us a lot of pain. They are designed to.
But sticking our heads ostrich-like in the sand in the hope she will just disappear won’t benefit anybody but the woman preaching about how others should live.
And if left unchallenged, her pulpit will one day be stained by the blood of our brothers and sisters who didn’t realise it’s OK to be gay — because we remained silent.