We're LGBT crazy at the moment, but is it a good thing?
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There is a cultural obsession with LGBT issues at the moment, not just in this country but across Western civilisation. For example, if for some reason I chose to tune into any of the major UK soaps – Eastenders, Emmerdale, Corrie etc. – I can be pretty confident that one of them will be running a storyline about a character currently wrangling over their sexual identity. This has been the case for quite a few years now, and it comes at a time when several major nations have all leapt through the legislative hoop that is permitting equal marriage. The most recent country to do this was the Republic of Ireland. The ‘Yes’ vote in May’s referendum was one of the first genuinely refreshing pieces of news this year. Then there is the continuing obsession with LGBT celebrities, such as Caitlyn Jenner, the new transgender icon. When famous figures take to Twitter to make their departure from the closet known to the world the announcement often become news in itself. To a certain extent this is understandable: the idea of someone coming to terms with a profoundly important aspect of their identity and seeing-off all the problems that surrounds it is a noble one. Yet at the end of the day, are we all not fussing a little too much?
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