I know it could be much worse, but seriously, sometimes my dad just drives me insane. It was my mom who reacted negatively when I came out, but that doesn't change the fact that my dad is the conservative one. And that's fine with me, he can be conservative. But it really bothers me that he subscribes to all sorts of newspapers that have a constant flow of articles and editorials condemning, belittleing, and mocking gay marriage. And the ever present phrases containing "homosexual this" and "homosexual that" impersonalizing everything so that it is a distant issue to condemn or perhaps laugh at a type of sub-human.
He knows I'm gay too, and so him being so into this is a slap in the face to me. He's never said anything to contradict what I'm drawing from his actions, on the contrary he's said things in the past that supported a very closeminded view of gay people. And then he comes out and uses my own words to retaliate: "Why don't you be more tolerant."
And my response? I said that reacting to material that is personally offensive and personally attacking me is not being intolerant.
It is so annoying. I get along with my dad amazingly well, but this aspect of him drives me insane. It really frustrates me and makes me mad.
What do you do with this?