Yesterday, July 1, a gay pride photo, a tribute to a military photo from 1945 that was shot over a decade ago has caused outrage after re-surfacing this last week as a celebration of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision. The photo recreates the iconic image of Marines raising the American flag at Iwo Jima with gay men raising the LGBT+ Pride flag on a mountaintop.
A lot of military groups and individuals have threatened the photographer, Ed Freeman, after re-discovering the photo. Many believe he should have never compared the struggles of gay Americans to the bloody conflict the marines faced long ago.
Yet, there are those who believe the photo is fitting.
Folks at Amen Clinic know that people have a short memory. Homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals, et cetera were not merely ignored or slightly bullied throughout history. Many men and women were treated brutally during the thousands of years that they have struggled for recognition.
Some lost their lives to religious fanatics who, even to this day, proclaim any sexuality that isn’t heterosexuality as an affront to God and normalcy. As a minority, their struggle has not been bloodless. In World War II, they were taken to the Nazi camps along with Jews and other minorities. Many died from experimentation after being institutionalized by force for “mental health problems.” Large numbers were harmed during the height of the AIDS epidemic because they were seen as disease carriers.