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Driver Proclaims Sexual Orientation in Bizarre Way

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I saw the most curious car bumper the other day in the parking lot of a grocery store. The rear bumper was littered with various bumper stickers, most of which carried a pro-gay message.

One said something to the effect of “I don’t mind you being straight in real life as long as you act gay in public.”

Perhaps that’s a play on the older meaning of gay, which was happy and pleasant. If that isn’t what the writer of the message (and its current displayer) meant, then I have no idea what else to make of that one.

But most noticeable was a message spelled out in three inch letters, the kind that you would buy individually to stick on mailboxes and the like:

LESBIAN DRIVER
HONK IF U R GAY

I stood there for a moment absolutely dumbfounded.

I wondered why I would possibly want to know, and certainly why I would possibly need to know a driver’s sexual orientation in traffic. The only thing I should be interested in when I’m sharing a road with a fellow driver is how good of a driver he or she happens to be.

And considering the fact that this person is encouraging people driving along to use a signaling device in a manner it was not designed for and to communicate a message that, at the time, is unnecessary and potentially distracting to other drivers immediately calls her driving prowess as well as her priorities into question.

One might suggest it’s just a matter of “gay pride.”

But I’m sure she would argue that she was born gay, that it was not some “choice” she made.

And if that’s true, then of what is there to be proud? It wasn’t something you selected, then why make that big of a deal of it?

I’m not saying there aren’t times when such a discussion might be appropriate. Or even helpful in terms of helping both sides of the perpetual gay-straight battle learn a little something about each other on a human basis.

What I am saying is that there is a right time and a wrong time to attempt such a discussion. And driving down the highway is a perfect example of a wrong one.

the authorPatrick
Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.

4 Comments

  • I feel the same way about political stickers, whether or not they align with my own "political beliefs." I don't mind jokes, though… I have a sticker that says "Driver carries no cash – he's married" and that's plenty for me.

  • I agree with you, I don’t see the need to go around advertising their lesbian.

    However, it is probably same reasons that people display any bumper stickers such as those little stick figures in the back window or those emblems for a branch of the military or what your religious beliefs are. It is probably a matter of pride for all those people who have the bumper stickers. They are proud of their family. They are proud of the branch of the military that they served in or their religion.

  • I will take these kinds of bumper sticker any day over the ones that read “My son/daughter can beat up your honor student.”

    I also never understand why you would WANT people to honk at you…but maybe that’s just me. 😉

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