A few days ago while perusing the Internet and doing a search, I noticed on Google an advertisement front and center that they are a “Proud supporter of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia”. This seemed a bit odd to me, for several reasons.
First, do we need to have a “day” for everything? Not just a National Day of (Whatever), but an International Day! Who determines this, the United Nations? Are citizens in Slovenia having a parade today against transphobia?
What exactly is transphobia? A fear of transportation? An aversion to trans-fatty acids?
I guess since it is being grouped with homophobia that it means a fear of transgender or transsexual. Does society need a day for this specifically?
Clearly a more common term is “homophobia”. But what exactly is that? What is the proper definition? According to Merriam-Webster online, homophobia is “an irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals”. So a rational fear of homosexuals is entirely fine and legitimate. But not an “irrational” fear. Who makes that determination?
Here are a few other days in May alone that Google could advertise and be a “proud sponsor” of, but apparently chose not to:
National Nurses Day
National Military Spouse Appreciation Day
National Teacher Appreciation Day
Taking the politics and social engineering out of it, it seems that from merely a marketing and customer base angle, it would make much more sense for Google to support and advertise one of these 4 other “days”, instead of anti-homophobia or anti-transphobia.
No matter where you fall in the discussion about homosexuality or transsexuality, most Americans would admit that it is a rather discomforting subject. It is not high on the list of what most people desire to talk about. It is controversial, to some extent.
However, firefighters, nurses, military spouses, and teachers are people that ALL Americans can, and do, support and get behind. There is really no question there.
That leads to the question of why would Google be pitching homosexuality and transsexuality, and not nurses? Clearly Google, one of the most successful companies in the world, does not need or want business advice from Ken Lambert. In my opinion, it is almost like Google is “too big to make a bad decision,” like Bank of America was deemed “too big to fail”.
I am not mocking homosexuals or transsexuals with this article, and I don’t advocate others discriminating against people. That is not my point.
Private companies have the right to support whatever organizations or politicians that they choose to, but there are other choices that just seem easier and more relevant to most in society.
Lastly, after I write this article I am petitioning Ban Ki-Moon at the United Nations to enlist an official International Day of Eradicating International Days.