Perhaps it's just part of our nature as humans to want to be right, that with each generation we've gotten bolder and bolder at telling the world exactly what we think. Be it with how we interact with others, how we talk, or how we dress. Miley Cyrus is a great example of this.
A result of this boldness is the deterioration of privacy in society - it used to be, women didn't show more than their ankles in public (because the rest was reserved to be seen by her loved one), but now women can freely dance around in bikinis or less because "I can do whatever I want and the whole world should know that." It used to be, you never made jokes about racial minorities, going to the bathroom, homosexuals, or any other 'danger topics' except for around corners in whispers to your closest friends - now comedians can shout all these types of jokes out on global television and they don't give a hoot. It used to be, you never, ever, ever, ever, EVER talked about sex to ANYONE other than your husband/wife and that one "talk" with your parents… perhaps a veeeeery quick brief-over at school about it - now, here we are, talking about sex, and I don't even know who you are!
Basically, people became bolder, privacy went down the tubes and along with it, shame disappeared. For everything. People are not even ashamed if they do a crap job at work anymore.
Now of course, people will argue that the diminishing of that shame was helpful to society - women gained more rights, outspokenness produced a (greater) need for tolerance for differences, and now we are able to educate individuals on sex to help them avoid contracting an STD or getting hurt in some other way. So it had benefits. Good came from it.
But I'm sure by now you can see how all three of these examples relate back to the LGBT community… individual rights, freedom of opinion, and openness about sex(uality). With it comes gay marriage and "pride," but also with it comes bigotry, hate, and a whole host of other issues.
So I have to wonder, if we never got so bold, if we never changed that high level of privacy, if we'd still be facing "homophobes" and hateful individuals. I wonder, if that level hadn't changed, if people would even be brave enough to speak so hurtfully to each other. I wonder, if that level of shame hadn't changed, if people would even say zip about homosexuality since it directly links back to sex. I wonder.
Of course, this wouldn't really "solve" the problem, it would push it under the carpet BUT if we still lived in the kind of society that was incredibly hush-hush about these sorts of "things," would people even KNOW it was an issue? People would suspect homosexual couples, but they likely wouldn't be brave enough to speak out about it, and likewise, the homosexual couple wouldn't be brave enough to proclaim their "orientation" to the world. So we'd just get on in life, not caring so much about sex and orientation and rights and expression, perhaps at the cost of "advancement," but at the benefit of getting along better. People would have no reason to hate you for being a lesbian because they wouldn't know you were a lesbian in the fist place.
But it could just be me and my yearning for our more "private" years (I'm one of those funny people who dislike sex being such an open topic). What do you think?