Is Being Lesbian and Gay a Gender?
"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." —The Great, Harvey Fierstein—
The Gay And Lesbian Gender
I recently ran across a new concept concerning lesbians and gays which suggests that being gay or lesbian is its own gender! A book called "The Big Picture" by Chris Masterson, a student of Biblical Research for over 25 years, has a lot to say about the topic, even going so far as to say that gays may in fact be their own race. Okay, I realize these first sentences have caused many conservatives to implode, but for those of you who still have clear heads, hang in there with me.
Homosexuality As Its Own Gender Or Race
A cult concept such as homosexuality being its own gender or race is going to make some people feel uneasy. I am a lesbian, and I approached the subject with caution and a "you gotta prove this to me in a big way!" attitude. But, then I thought, "what if Masterson's theory is right?" This one simple concept could change everything surrounding the fight for LGBT political and civil rights. Not to mention destroying the religious extremist's foundational argument which condones hate and discrimination against the LGBT community (among others). Let's see for ourselves if the book "The Big Picture" makes any sense to you by learning more about what Masterson has to say.
Creative Translations Misinterpret the Bible When it Comes to Being Gay
Masterson has an interesting take regarding the original five books of the Old Testament and how they have NOT been translated accurately from the original Jewish Torah. He does have a very clever way to teach about the translation of the King James (KJ) Bible. He explains how the Bible was revised from these original five books and skewed, changing the meaning around the subject of homosexuality. He is very certain that the KJ version of the Bible has been modified to benefit religious homophobics by making gay's appear despised in the eyes of God. Well, if that doesn't stir something within you, I don't know what will.
What You Think really Does Matter!
Do you think Homophobia is a medical condition that requires a cure?
Gays And What The Bible Really Says
The author Masterson has his own translation and strongly redefines the meaning for all things surrounding the bible and what it has to say about gays and lesbians. Even saying that homosexuals were in many cases respected leaders, royalty, and scholars who were considered the examples of good citizenship. He believes the KJ Bible translation we have today has been recreated (if you will) to benefit the political and religious power structure. Even though I didn't feel this was totally new information, his theory of how it affects homosexuality in the Bible did keep my attention.
Misinterpretation Of Homosexuality Throughout Time
The book "The Big Picture" has much to say about how homosexuality has been misinterpreted throughout time. It assures us the translation benefits the religious homophobes who did the editing of important written works of our early biblical society. Masterson's rendition had me believing more of his theories and less of the rhetoric expounded from today's pulpits. My skepticism towards his book was waning...
A Cure For Homophobia
When looking at the many disorders that plaque our human society, specifically those conditions where people suffer from a specific phobia, Masterson claims homophobia is one of these conditions, and thus it requires a cure. He goes on to explain that any condition which makes a perfectly pleasant person turn 180 degrees from who they seem to be, suffers from said condition. So, when we encounter a nice person who makes a rigorous transition when confronted with homosexual issues, it is logical to say that they are "homophobic."
So what does "The Big Picture" have to say about the cure for homophobia? Simply this: That homophobia is in fact a disorder akin to claustrophobia (fear of enclosed places), arachnophobia (fear of spiders), and keraunophobia (fear of thunder and lightening), each of which are considered medical conditions requiring repair or cure; thus homophobia should not simply be considered a religious condition, but rather a curable phobic-disorder.
Why Homophobes and Not Homosexuals need to be Cured
Only for ugly shoes
Only when the water is flat
Only toward paying full price for Berber
Only on metaphors
Only against self
Only at the Pride Parade
Disregards Civil Rights
The Bigotry of Bible Verse Translations
When Masterson begins to define the bible verses that have long been associated with the religious justification for hating homosexuals, we begin to understand just how powerful his work is to the LGBT community. Sited here are two examples directly from Masterson's book "The Big Picture" for you to explore;
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Bigotry In Bible Translations
"...and they justify their bigotry by misquoting or taking out-of-context a myriad of bible verses. As long as they can convince other people that God hates gays, they can openly express their bigotry. Unbeknownst to most, the scriptures they dig up refer to all kinds of things; none of which are our current definition of a homosexual: a law abiding adult citizen who is sexually attracted to his/her own sex."
Bigotry In Bible Translations
"If I dug up every Bible verse that condemned: (1) a man sexually assaulting a woman; (2) a man forcing a woman into prostitution; (3) a man forcing a child to have sex with him; (4) a man purchasing a female sex slave; and (5) a man having sex with another mans wife, then wrap all of these unrelated issues together and then label the package Heterosexuality; then suggest God hates Heterosexuals, then back it up by a story where God destroys heterosexuals via flood; it would be obvious I suffer from a condition that requires professional help. This is exactly what religious homophobes do."
Together we can cure homophobia
6 Queer Quotes
1. "You Could Move."
Was columnist Abigail Van Buren's response to a reader who writes-in to asked, "Dear Abby, what can I do to improve the quality of my neighborhood, because a gay couple is moving in across the street from me?" Two thumbs up Abby!
2. "So are all of my heterosexual patients."
Was Psychotherapist Ernest van den Haag's response to a colleague who told him, "All of my homosexual patients are quite sick."
3. Ed Fallon has an interesting response regarding Gay Marriage in Iowa;
"What are you trying to protect heterosexual marriage from? There isn't a limited amount of love in Iowa. It isn't a non-renewable resource. If Amy and Barbara or Mike and Steve love each other, it doesn't mean that John and Mary can't."
4. Words of the great Harvey Fierstein;
"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."
5. Even children's book author Dr. Seuss offers insight;
"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
6. Robin Tyler is quoted as saying;
If Michelangelo had been straight, the Sistine Chapel would have been wallpapered.
Christians May NOT be Aware That:
- Jewish Prophets are silent about homosexuality.
- Jesus says NOTHING about same-sex behavior.
- Of the one million Bible verses only about seven refer to same-sex behavior—NONE of them refer to homosexual orientation as it is understood today.
- The Holy Spirit tells of the great love between the male couple Johnathan and Danial four times in the Bible. The Bible never speaks so grandly of any heterosexual married relationship.
- Removing the presupposition that homosexuality is wrong, it is very difficult to conclude from what the Bible says, IN CONTEXT, that committed, faithful, non-cult same-sex partnerships are wrong.
- In Mathew 19;11-12 Jesus has some things to say that are positive about "born eunuchs." How does this relate to homosexuals? A "born eunuch" is someone who is born without the desire for opposite sex marriage in the Adam and Eve model. Jesus specifically exempts "born eunuchs" from this Adam and Eve paradigm.
- The leading anti-gay evangelical, Dr. Robert Gagnon, admits that: "Probably "born eunuchs" in the ancient world did include people who were homosexually inclined..."
I think I have swatted the bee hive enough in this section, moving on now!
Wrapping-up "Lesbian and Gays Considered a Gender"
As I read through Masertson's book, I found many ideals that I had not before encountered, some a bit too extreme for me, but a few really got me thinking. He manages to back-up his concepts and offers some pretty logical theories surrounding the possibility that homosexuality truly is its own gender, as well as a defined race. Truthfully, I was captivated by this idea alone; he had me at the mention of homosexuality being its own "gender."
After I completed his book, I found myself in a reassuring place where homosexual gender was making good sense. I was hopeful in how this could change everything for a community who now lives locked in the battle for equal rights daily. I actually recommend reading the book, and making your own clear headed assessment. If you are LGBTQ, you may find it difficult to subdue your excitement for Masterson's work. I know I was reading "The Big Picture" with renewed exhilaration!