(And also, because it is Blog Against Theocracy weekend).

Here is a quote from (of all things) a Television Without Pity recap of The Amazing Race‘s stopover at Auschwitz; specifically, regarding Oswald’s reaction. Oswald, who is adorable, fabulous, grace personified, and also gay as a damn jaybird:

Oswald is sort of stunned and shaken, talking about how he grew up in a very repressive country “deprived of any freedom.” He says that he was reminded how differently the rest of his life could have gone. He says it makes him very glad to be gone from Cuba. “Where I don’t have to worry about… expressing who I am as a person.” Danny puts an arm around him. You want to know how messed up the world is? Of all the people on this race, Oswald is sitting here being grateful just to be able to express who he is. Who Oswald is. This person of such grace and kindness and peace and good humor, and out of all these people, there’s a good chance that he’s among the most likely to be punished for what his heart contains, both in the past and now. There are people, still, who would look at Oswald and say, “This is what’s wrong with the world. This is what’s eroding my society, what’s threatening my family, what God abhors, what must be stopped if my way of life is to survive.” Not meanness, not greed, not violence or small-mindedness or any of that. Just… Oswald, you know? I’m sorry, I try to be respectful, but I will never get it.

And neither will I.

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