The other day I was cursing the people who designed the Brooklyn New York Atlantic Pacific Station. Because of the layout and the fact that the one station is actually two stations combined, any transfer there involves at least seven sets of stairs. However, as I was walking quickly past some of the HIV prevention billboards in the station, I saw something that got me huffing and puffing more than the muliple sets of stairs.On all of the HIV awareness posters, beautiful posters I might add, of male couples with sentiments like “I get tested to protect the man I love” and such, someone pasted a sticker over each face. On each of the HIV awareness posters. On each face.
The stickers said Romans 1:17-28, which, if you're not familiar, is a way of indicating a verse from the New Testament of (usually) the Protestant Bible. In this particular instance, my guess would be that the people distributing the stickers was referencing the particular dose about being queer: "Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error."
Well, OK, if being gay is against your religion, fine, just don't be gay. But don't try and distract from an important message of not transmitting a serious (and sometimes still fatal and at least, chronic) disease. Even the Pope said it's OK to use condoms to prevent HIV; this means whoever was so sticker happy is actually more conservative than the current Pope, which isn't something that should make anyone proud.
No matter. The stickers came off pretty easily with my fingernail and a pen. And as long as I see them up there, I will take the time to pull them off.