I am not surprised to hear this drek; it's been around for a long time.
I am surprised at so many people I know and otherwise generally respect standing up and applauding.
So here's a newsflash:
- Most people are not gay; therefore by definition being gay is not "normal," it is an unusual characteristic in a person. Personally, I don't think being "normal" is all that and a bag of chips anyway. (Having red hair is not "normal" but some of us do it happily.)
- People who hate gays hate "normal" gays just as much as they hate flaming queens.
- Since so many of the people passing this around are in the furry community, let me ask you this: How would you feel if you heard somebody say "All you weird fursuiters are making all us NORMAL furries look bad!"?
- If you want tolerance, you've got to tolerate others yourself. This is the fundamental betrayal of this "you weirdos are making me look bad" attitude. By denouncing the flaming queers, you have become the same as those people denouncing you. Do you really want to be part of that? In my opinion, disdain (or outright hatred in some cases) looks a lot worse than wearing over-the-top bondage gear or dressing in drag.
I don't want to call out specific people on this, because I've seen it in a lot of places and would probably miss somebody. But frankly, I'm disappointed.