Arguing With People On Reddit And Twitter: Did AIDS Cause Homophobia?

I've argued with people over whether AIDS caused a lot of homophobia.

You have someone who was born in 1975.

The biggest news story of the 1980s is a flu-like disease killing homosexuals.

If you have a boy with brown hair, green eyes, and freckles girls are disgusted with him in grade 3.

You either fit in or you don't so that also applies to other boys who don't fit in.

Boys who don't fit in are treated as if they're diseased in grades 1 to 3.

The whole gay community is viewed as being diseased, also.

If you were born in 1975 you'd be 12 in 1987.

If a 12-year-old in 1987 went downtown and met someone who told them that they were gay, the 12-year-old would hold their breath.

Everyone, at one point or another was a homophobe.

At the age of 14 in 1989 the only person who could be described as being gay positive would be a boy who looked like this...

If he went to school with Asians and was from a richer family and had an A-average.

At one time or another everyone in his class in elementary school was attracted to him. So he won't mistake envy for homosexuality.

Boys who look like the Columbine shooters...

Who were from wealthier families were supposed to sit in class with beautiful women, fat guys, and South Asian guys who felt genetically related to them, and feel good about themselves.

After making fun of unattractive South Asian girls, all they had to do to be moral was realize that Hitler was bad.

Some boys who looked like this...

Would think that all of the latent homophobia around him is stupid. After being ostracized for being friends with the only black girl in his class in grade 3, he'd know what it's like to be treated as if he has AIDS.

And boys in high school reverted back into childhood...

And got off on how they fit in.

As I've said I've argued with people on whether there was any correlation between AIDS and homophobia.

From Wikipedia...

Ryan Wayne White (December 6, 1971 – April 8, 1990)[1] was an American teenager from Kokomo, Indiana, who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States after failing to be re-admitted to school following a diagnosis of AIDS. As a hemophiliac, he became infected with HIV from a contaminated factor VIII blood treatment and, when diagnosed in December 1984, was given six months to live. Doctors said he posed no risk to other students, as AIDS is not an airborne disease and spreads solely through body fluids, but AIDS was poorly understood by the general public at the time. When White tried to return to school, many parents and teachers in Howard County rallied against his attendance due to concerns of the disease spreading through bodily fluid transfer.