Is Homosexuality a Curse or Simply a part of Humanity?
Is Homosexuality a Curse or simply a part of Humanity?
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
Homosexuality has existed from the beginning of time and is represented in just about every species on earth. Most judgements about this sexual orientation have been based on religious dogma, the roles of humans in society attributed to this concept of family: father, mother and children. Heterosexuality is therefore the norm in a societal sense and thus anything else regarded as abnormal.
Homosexuality has always been normal for homosexuals, the fact that they are in the minority, should have no bearing on how we perceive them. If you are attracted to the opposite sex, imagine someone telling you it was wrong and you had to fall in love and marry a same sex partner. That’s what society is saying to people born of this persuasion.
People judge what they don’t understand and even worse what a religion tells them to. I am heterosexual, but believe that human beings, regardless of sexual orientation, should have the same rights and opportunities to live a loving and productive life, just like the rest of us.
For people who believe for whatever reason that homosexuality is sordid and disgusting: liaisons in toilet blocks, prostitution and the like, you haven’t considered that straight people indulge in the same way? You are misguided if you don't realise that. There are far more sexual crimes and sordid behaviour from the straight community than the gay community.
I have met many gay people who want just what we want: to be loved, to find a life partner and to live a peaceful and productive life within the laws and parameters of our society. The reason why there are sordid liaisons in any number in the gay community is that society has pushed them underground, unable to live a normal life and be honest about their orientation.
What’s worse is the psychological trauma that society has bestowed on homosexuals. Imagine being told you were an abomination, a Godless freak that deserved not to live. It’s hard to understand but many people believe this hateful view. And many gays, particularly young ones, can carry this burden, and lose all hope of self-worth. In the end it is we, the straight members of our community that have created this cavernous gap between the groups. Gays get angry, and so they should, for our cruel and judgemental treatment.
In the end, peace must prevail. Surely love is more important than who is being loved. Sex is only a small part of our lives; companionship, friendship and love are lasting ideals that transcend any belief about sexual orientation.
I say let homosexuality free, to be a part of our society as heterosexuals enjoy. Religion should be about love and can’t remain set in concrete after thousands of years. Love is love and should be celebrated. Those who want to practise illicit sexual acts in toilet blocks should be prosecuted; their sexual orientation has nothing to do with it.
For adolescents who will soon realise they are gay, I hope the world treats you kinder than your predecessors. In these tender and vulnerable years, the judgements of piers and society in general can have a decisive affect on emotional development. We have no say in the circumstances and the genetic makeup of our birth. Who and what we are can only be dealt with as we live. Homosexuals are people first, human beings that have the same human aspirations as we do. Do not take this away because of fear or judgement. We should all be free.