It's ok, but I can't look!
Displays of Affection
I hope this post doesn't attract any negative feedback, but I'm thinking it might. I'm ok with that, as long as my readers understand that this is only my opinion and my feelings on this subject and I don't mean to hurt anyone or make them upset. Really, I don't.
Anyway, homosexuality. In the last year, I've had several family members "come out" and reveal themselves as gay or lesbian. Surprise! Merry Christmas! Like it was a gift, which I think it was for them. A gift of freedom to be who they are and share it with the world, or at least with my family. At first, I wasn't too shocked. I mean, I could sort of tell by their actions and the fact that they never dated anyone of the opposite sex. But my family? OMG. They couldn't believe it! They were heartbroken, like someone had just died or said they had a terminal illness. There were tears and wailing and heavy drinking. Please. Like I said, it wasn't really a shock.
I love my family: gay, lesbian, bi, straight, irritating, dramatic, whatever. But, I'm not of the generation that saw or witnessed any type of homosexuality. I don't even think I knew what it was until high school. I was a little sheltered, ok? Catholic school rocks! Back then we used words like gay or fag as something mean to say when we couldn't swear. I had no clue what those words even meant. So, now, I see homosexuals everywhere. I work with them, I go out with them, I eat with them, I probably even teach them (I'm an English teacher). And what's the big deal? Nothing! Except for one tiny thing. It's super tiny, small, miniscule, but I can't get past it. Displays of affection!
I know! I know! Who cares? What's the big deal? I don't know! I don't know why I can't watch! I see it on television and I freak out! It's weird. I said it. It's weird. To me. I'm sorry. Does this make me homophobic? Do you think it's because I didn't grow up in this day and age where everyone is free (mostly) to be who they want to be?
Talk to me! What do you guys think?