This article aims to address one of the prevalent restrictions in most societies in the world. Restrictions on LGBT rights.
“Why is it, that as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than hands?” Ernest Gaines
For those very few people who are not aware of it, I’ll provide a brief summary. LGBT refers to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. There have been multiple additions to this acronym to include Pansexual, Queer, Asexual and many more, yet for the sake of convenience I’ll stick with the LGBT term.
The LGBT community has faced oppression in many countries all over the world. The oppression has varied widely, ranging from societal disapproval to hate crimes to even legal death sentences.
The primary reason for this suppression of LGBT community is religion. Religious indoctrination since childhood has led to children believing that being a homosexual is a crime. Religion has facilitated in cultivating narrow mindedness. This in turn has lead to intolerance within people towards opinions, actions, and behaviors that differ from their own.
Most anti-LGBT rights people quote their religious scriptures to justify their point.
“My Bible says it is wrong, so it is wrong.” And that argument makes no sense whatsoever. If you think it is wrong, then don’t do it. No one’s forcing you to change your sexual orientation. But if you think some ancient book written by goat herders gives you the right to restrict people’s choices, you couldn’t have been more wrong.
“It’s a no-brainer. If you’re not for gay marriage, don’t marry a gay person.” Woopi Goldberg
Many people yell that homosexuality will end mankind, since homosexuals cannot reproduce. In case these people have been living under a rock, I don’t understand how they aren’t aware that mankind isn’t really low on population at the moment. It’s actually overpopulating the planet and creating a serious problem. Not only will homosexuals not overpopulate the Earth, but also they’ll increase adoption and thus provide good homes to already existing children.
The argument against LGBT people from adopting focuses on how it is essential that a child has both mother and father. By that logic, widows and divorcees shouldn’t be allowed to keep their children either, should they? There is absolutely nothing wrong with a child being brought up by parents of same gender.
Another opinion of many people is that being homosexual is a choice. Since I’m not one, I cannot for sure claim whether it is a choice or not. However, it seems to me very unlikely that a person would ‘choose’ to be humiliated by the society. Furthermore, if being homosexual is a choice, logic would dictate that being heterosexual is also a choice. Unless you’ve seen a heterosexual having the powers to change which gender s/he feels attracted to, I’d say homosexuality is not a choice.
But what about bisexuals? They have a choice. Why not just do what society expects? Perhaps because society has no right to tell a person to behave in a particular manner. It is the choice of the individual who s/he chooses to be with. Since it’s obviously not harming you, why exactly do you have a problem with what two consenting adults are doing?
Finally, the ‘it’ll lead to worse’ argument. Apparently, legalizing LGBT community’s right to marriage and have sex will lead to other things such as necrophilia and bestiality. The thing is LGBT rights are about consenting adults. And I see no verbal or written manner for a corpse or animal to consent to these things. So there goes your argument right out the window.
So here’s a message for all LGBT people that our society must teach others.
“There’s nothing wrong with you. There’s a lot wrong with the world you live in.”