I don’t understand how we live in the year 2017, where we have made so many advances in society and technology, and yet people still have homophobia and hatred towards homosexuals. The pure ignorance of many people astonishes me. With the recent presidential elections, the homophobes and racists and more came out of the woodworks. I’m not trying to get political in this post, so don’t worry.
What is homophobia?
Homophobia is the irrational fear of homosexuals, homosexuality, or of any belief, behavior, or attitude of self or others not conforming to rigid sex role stereotypes.
Why do people feel the need to treat homosexuals differently than their heterosexual counterparts? We are all human aren’t we? Just because we all have different sexual preferences doesn’t make one better than the other. Although, I’m sure the same men that negatively blast gay men have no problem with some girl on girl action when they decide to watch porn.
These stereotypes are what need to be done away with. If we could look at each other as individuals and stop labeling one another the world would be a better place.
For example, looking at a lesbian/bisexual/gay man and automatically thinking of his/her sexuality rather than seeing them as a person isn’t right. Assuming that a gay man or lesbian is making a pass at you just because they touched you isn’t true either. You shouldn’t automatically assume that everyone you know is a heterosexual. Thinking you’re capable of “spotting one” is another example of what is wrong with society, as if you’re bird watching and expecting a prize at the end because you were able to identify a homosexual.
Why are labels so important in our society? First we needed to gender label, then we needed to label based off of color or ethnicity and now sexual preference, and more. We as a human race are never content. Bottom line is that we are all people with human emotions and no one likes to be labeled or hurt.
Homosexuals don’t walk up to heterosexuals and as the same questions they have been asked. How would you feel if you were asked:
What do you think caused your heterosexuality?
When and how did you first decide you were a heterosexual?
Is it possible your heterosexuality is a phase you may grow out of?
Is it possible your heterosexuality stems from a neurotic fear of others of the same sex?
If you’ve never slept with a person of the same sex is it possible that all you need is a good gay lover?
Why do you heterosexuals feel compelled to seduce others into your lifestyle?
Why do you insist on flaunting your heterosexuality? Can’t you just be what you are and keep it quiet?
Would you want your children to be heterosexual, knowing the problems they’d face?
These are just some of the questions that are asked to homosexuals. Do you see how absurd they sound when you flip it? So why do people feel the need to ask all these questions? I just wish people would stop being so ignorant, open up your minds, treat people like people.
Stop saying things like homosexuality is a type of mental illness, because it’s not. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. Also, in 1975, the American Psychological Association stated that “homosexuality per se implies no impairment in judgment, stability, reliability, or general social or vocational capacities”.
It’s also a myth that homosexuality is not natural and doesn’t exist in nature. From a scientific perspective, it is natural. Research suggests that homosexuality is almost universal among animals, and actually it’s more frequent among highly developed species.
The last myth I want to cover is that most gay people could be “cured” by having really good sex with a member of the opposite sex. I’m sorry but whoever first said that needs a good smack in the face. Most homosexuals wouldn’t choose to be sexually active with members of the other sex. They also, more than likely, would resent and challenge heterosexuals for claiming to own the market on “good sex”. As a heterosexual, how would you feel if they ask you, maybe you’re straight because you haven’t had good sex with a gay man/lesbian. A huge part of me would think that many heterosexuals WOULD NOT like to be treated the way many treat homosexuals.
Just some food for thought.