One of the issues brought up during this class is homosexuals and the discrimination they face. This issue has always been a hard one for me to understand, and I feel like I still don’t know everything I feel about this. When I was little I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to be with a member of the same sex and I saw it as repulsive and weird Today, it doesn’t have that effect on me anymore but I still do see it as unnatural.
I haven’t been exposed to too many gay people throughout my life, although I am friends with a couple of them here at La Crosse. When I see two gay people holding hands or kissing I feel a little weird, but it doesn’t bug me as much as it did in the past. In high school I knew a couple gay guys and they came out to a select few people at first.
Everyone knew that they were gay as soon as they got into high school and were fine with it. However, I remember one of the guys was made fun of for acting girly when he was younger, and I’m sure that had an effect on him. I think that people who are gay should not be treated that way just because they are different.
Some issues that I‘ve thought about concerning this include discrimination, homophobia, homosexuality in regards to Christianity, and same-sex marriage. In an article called “He Defies You Still: The Memoirs of a Sissy” in the book Race, Class, and Gender in the United States the author is tortured his whole life for being gay.
He is called a faggot his whole adolescent life and even his family is ashamed of him. In high school people don’t even want to talk to him because of the fear of being associated with him. His family tries to get him to not act like a gay person instead of accepting him for who he is, Also, it seems like the authority figures in his life do nothing to help him, always choosing to not hear the insultsi As a young person things like this affect you because you are impressionable and want to be accepted and loved by others.
Kids who discover they are gay often don’t want to tell anyone in high school because they don’t want to be rejected or made fun of Homosexuality in teenagers can often lead to depression and suicide because they are rejected by others and if they go to church, thinking that they are sinners and will go to hell. In fact, gay or bisexual teens are more than 3 times more likely to attempt suicide than other youth, according to a study done in Massachusetts, Gay teens feel like they are worthless because people hate them and God must hate them too, because they are sinners. As a Christian I don‘t believe this is true, although I still have issues with this subject and relating it to salvation. In the bible it says that “Do not practice homosexuality; it is a detestable sin”, in Leviticus 18:22.
Also, in the New Testament it says that those who practice homosexuality will not share in the Kingdom of God, which means that they will not be saved. 1 think that homosexuality is a sin because it deviates from what God intended for us, although I see it as a psychological issue more than anything, It’s not like people just chose to be attracted to the same sex, itjust happened ever since they hit pubertyt I think that they can’t be blamed for feeling that way, and should be able to choose the way they want to live their lives. If they don’t believe in God they will go to hell but if they do and still practice homosexuality I think that they should be forgiven for that I think that if they are Christians they will realize that what they are doing is a sin and would ask for forgiveness. I don’t pretend that I know everything that God would say about this issue, but I do know that he loves everyone equally, no matter if they are homosexuals or not. Also, another thing to consider is sameesex marriage.
I believe that people should be able to marry anyone that they want to, even if they are of the same sex People are getting civil unions in other countries anyway, which is basically the same thing as marriage. Homosexual couples can now have children through adoption or artificial insemination, so they can have a family just like everyone else except without the title I think it’s ridiculous that they are denied this, and it is a form of discrimination. People are always going to be fighting for this, and I think they deserve to be able to. Also, homosexuals are discriminated in many other ways as well. For example, a doctor in California denied a lesbian couple to get artificial insemination because of his religious beliefs The women went to court, filed for discrimination, and the Supreme Court ruled in her favor. My roommate knew a couple girls who were lesbians in high school and theirs was a special case because their friends accepted them and they were popular in school.
The two girls didn’t come out until after high school but everyone knew that they were lesbians. However, a lesbian teacher at their school dealt with discrimination This teacher was friends with one of the lesbian girls because she was her softball coach and was an English teacher. After the girl’s parents discovered that her coach was a lesbian they went to the school board and got her fired because she was supposedly encouraging girls to be lesbians. Also, they went to court and had a restraining order put between the coach and the girl after the girl came out to everyone. The coach and girl were just friends, but the parents thought that something more was there. Also, after that her parents kept her away from people and tried to “force the gay” out of her by making her go to church.
I thought that this was ridiculous and the parents had no claims to fire that teacher. In conclusion, I think that homosexuals are heavily discriminated against in regards to same sex marriage, are faced with hatred and homophobia, and that Christianity does come into play but shouldn’t cause other people to look down on them. This is an issue that will affect me because my mom just got remarried and her husband has a daughter who is a lesbian She has a partner and has two children by artificial insemination. Now that I know more about homosexuals and how to approach them, I feel like I can accept them for who they are. I hope that homosexuals will one day get the rights they deserve as American and that people can learn to love them.