- Maybe that he's a hot-looking gay teenager, whom in retrospect many might wish they could've taken under their wing and protected and nurtured? In other words, it has to do with wistful boylove. Lysander (talk) 18:58, 23 March 2015 (UTC)
- Yes, that could be it. Let's just say that Larry was a boy, a very troubled boy, but that doesn't mean that his friends and family didn't love him. He brought both joy and sorrow to those who knew him and his death should be a lesson, that no one should have to die for simply being who they are.....
"But today you just read that the man was shot dead
By a gun that didn't make any noise
But it wasn't the bullet that laid him to rest was
The low spark of high-heeled boys"
- The gay rights movement is also relevant to boylove because of the similarity of its claims. As J.M. Balkin notes, "once a social movement has gained widespread recognition, the law often expands its protection to other groups who may never have organized into a social movement but whose situation is understood as formally similar. Thus, the beneficiaries of Reconstruction were not only blacks, but also Hispanics, Asian Americans, and other ethnic minorities. Even though the Reconstruction Amendments were specifically designed to protect blacks, courts soon applied them to prohibit all discrimination based on race or national origin. Today Polish Americans are protected every bit as much as African Americans even though the 1960s did not witness a Polish American civil rights movement. The internal logic of legal regulation grants rights to groups even without the creation of social movements, as long as some other group judged sufficiently 'similar' has trod before them." Lysander (talk) 23:44, 23 March 2015 (UTC)