I am somewhat disturbed by the NYT story about Gays having to flaunt their identities to get asylum claims. This is a very disturbing story and a sad state of a situation where the laws need to be adjusted and perhaps training of officers need to be addressed.
The truth is that I have observed more ignorance and anti gay commentary than other types of bigotry. The same people who would crucify you for imagined racism would call lesbians bull dykes and gays fags.
There is something severely wrong when attorneys tell clients to look or act gay. Officers should grasp that some gays are outlandish and many are quite ordinary if not even boring.
When the subject presented itself I told a trainee. We adjudicate on facts and logic not looks. Gay people nor heterosexuals all have a common look. Many of those you think are gay are not and visa versa.
The sentiment in the office is largely against gay marriage. I pointed out we as officers will have to rise to the challenge and learn to judge chemistry between the couple. I am still in favor of Civil Unions as marriage remains a religious term and government should keep out of the business of defining religious terms.