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    It must be awful, being a homophobe. Having to spend all that time obsessing about what gay people might be doing with their genitals. Seeing it in your mind, over and over again, in high-definition close-up. Bravely you masturbate, to make the pictures go away, but to no avail Charlie Brooker, in 'Some people are gay in space. Get over it', comments on the reaction to news that video game players can now identify as LGBT. 
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    If it was really no longer acceptable, then there’d be no need to remind people. They’d carry the knowledge with them instinctively. In fact, of course, it’s only quasi-acceptable. Being gay is still seen as fine in some contexts, but not all. It’s acceptable in your proverbial Islington dining room (though perhaps not in the Islington registry office), fine according to the statute book, but not if you try kissing your same-sex partner in public. Or sit next to them on the bus. Or hold hands in the street.


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