Saturday, October 27, 2007

dumbledore's gay? oh my god, get the children inside.

My favorite author, J.K. Rowling, is under a lot of fire right now for announcing that Dumbledore, Harry Potter's mentor and headmaster at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, is gay.
I was watching CNN just now, and someone wrote into the show with a very good point. To paraphrase, he said, "When the president of Iran says there are no gays in Iran, we laugh at him and call him a moron. Why are parents trying so hard to hide the fact that there are gays in the wizarding world?"
If J.K. Rowling had announced that Dumbledore was heterosexual, no one would have been bothered. Or, rather, she wouldn't have had to announce it, because it would have been implied. This is not something that defines the character; it's color, for those Potterites (like me) who still can't get enough.
J.K. Rowling has said time and time again that these are NOT necessarily books for children. They're bloody and dark and full of misery and horror. Up until this point, however, no one cared about that--until Rowling outed Dumbledore.
Whether you're the president of Iran or a parent with your head in the sand, wake up--gays exist. They have jobs and families and friends and other things in their lives that are more important than their sexuality, to them and to those who love them. Get over it.

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