Being Gay

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Throughout history homosexuality has been considered vulgar, perverse and immoral. What is truly immoral is homophobia and that it still prevails today. Firstly, homophobia derived from prejudice and escalated to panic. Secondly, homophobic attitudes are endorsed and practiced by many places of worship, which are hypocritical to God’s concept of the Golden Rule. Thirdly, the severity of homophobia has reached a point of no return, where the lives of many innocent have been viciously taken away. Lastly, many individuals choose to practice homophobia, whether it is a personal choice or not. Homophobia is the result of fear, ignorance and intolerance. History of Homophobia Homophobia is the fear of homosexuality and those who practice it (Fone, 5). Much of the negativity towards homosexuals had evolved in the nineteenth century and progressed greatly once the twentieth century and World Wars had arrived (Dadisman). Homosexuals had begun to be seen as a different category of human, separate from the rest of society, a category that disrupts society ethically, legally and morally (Fone, 5). World War I had allowed many homosexuals to join together, when they were sent overseas. Once the Second World War was over homosexual men and women began to move into their own separate communities, segregating themselves from the heterosexuals (Dadisman). Consequently, homosexuals were labeled as anti-social and psychotic people who were destructive due their sexual preferences (Janoff, 38). Between the 1950s and 1960s homosexuals had been frequently harassed and ridiculed by many people, including the police (Ojeda, 12). Homosexuals began to fight back after the civil rights and anti-war movements by asking those who were still “in the closet” to come out publicly. The closeted homosexuals came out knowing they had several other individuals to give them the support they needed, increasing the number of homosexual organizations from fifty to eight-hundred (Ojeda, 12). The 80s was a tough year for homosexuals; they were unable to fight in wars, dubbed evil by the Pope and were blamed for the expansion of a new disease, AIDS. When AIDS had emerged in the 1980s many of the stigmas and stereotypes surrounding homosexuality had been created. Between 1980 and 1990 thousands of homosexual males had succumbed to the disease, giving the disease the title “The Gay Plague” (Ojeda, 13). Gay activists began to encourage condom use to the public, lowering the amount of AIDS cases by nearly 20,000. For many years have homosexuals have been named evil adversaries. Religion and Homosexuality The idea of homosexuality is typically a taboo for many religions, especially Christians. The “Golden Rule” stated in the Bible is ‘treat others how you would like to be treated’, yet homosexuals are persecuted by many Christians today. Very few accept the concept of homosexuality and those who practice it. The Bible has made comments on the ‘sin’ of homosexuality in many verses. Leviticus 20:13 states, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them”. Nonetheless, not only does the Bible condemn homosexuality it encourages the killings of homosexuals. Conservative Catholics see homosexuality as an infringement towards morality and nature. It is thought that homosexuals will be denied from heaven due to their willful choice of perversion. They believe homosexuals must reject their lifestyle by getting married to a person of the opposite gender (Fone, 412). It is also thought that heterosexuality cleanses homosexuality away as baptism does to sin and that through both forgiveness can be achieved (Fone, 412). According to some conservative Catholic’s homosexuals must abstain from sex if they are unable to find a spouse from the opposite gender, as heterosexual marriage is will lead one their path to forgiveness (Fone, 412). Some...
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