If you were a straight person, meaning not gay or a lesbian, can you imagine yourself choosing a homosexual lifestyle? The answer is no, you can’t. I know it for a fact because I am straight and I have no choice but to live a heterosexual lifestyle. I’m lucky to be a heterosexual because homosexuals are still considered “abnormal” and shunned in a lot of societies around the world. I feel sorry for them because some of them get bullied or even murdered for something they can’t change.
Here’s what people should know: heterosexuals are naturally hard-wired to be repulsed by the idea of having sexual relations with people of the same sex. That yuck factor is actually what is causing some people to feel homophobic. I personally can’t even watch a film with two men or women kissing each other. I have not seen the film Brokeback Mountain because of this reason. Maybe I am conservative but that’s just me. No, I’m not trying to insult or be mean to homosexuals. I am just trying to make a point. The point is, since the idea of leading a homosexual lifestyle is repulsive to some, then that is enough proof that homosexually is not simply a lifestyle choice.
While I may not be comfortable with the idea of a homosexual lifestyle, I can accept homosexuals because that is how they are. It’s in their genetic make-up. Nature works in mysterious ways. Sometimes wires get crossed.
I find it odd that even with the vast trove of readily-accessible information available around, there are still people who choose to ignore evidence supporting homosexuality as part of nature. What’s unfortunate is that some people’s only defense against homosexuality is the Bible – a book written thousands of years ago, way, way before breakthroughs in science shed light on the true nature of sexuality.
Some people are even questioning how the homosexuality gene is passed around. It’s simple. Some homosexuals, especially the ones hiding their sexuality from other people for fear of being vilified, still have children. And so whatever genetic pattern they carry is passed on to subsequent generations and persists in the gene pool.
Now I can’t entirely blame people who remain gripped by a fear of homosexuals. Like I said earlier, theirs is also a natural reaction. However, they need to keep an open mind. As long as one’s lifestyle is not causing harm to others, then we should all be more accepting.
Having said that, homosexuals are said to be susceptible to infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). On that basis, some could argue that their lifestyle is causing harm to society. In that sense, they have a point. For their part, homosexuals should practice safe and responsible sex if they want to avoid further condemnation from those who hate them already.
Homosexuals have contributed significantly to the world. One such homosexual who helped saved countless lives was the late Alan Turing. Sadly, he was imprisoned for his lifestyle instead of being celebrated for his work in cracking what was dubbed The Enigma Code. He helped decipher the German encryption system and contributed to shortening World War II. Yet he died a broken man because of the persecution his sexual orientation attracted.
You would think that in this day and age, societies would be more welcoming of homosexuals. Unfortunately, some countries like Russia which should have become more progressive after they had opened up to the world, have even banned homosexuals. There is also a fear that in the Philippines, the same thing could happen particularly since boxing champ and Congressman Manny Pacquiao has spoken out against homosexuality. He even went as far as saying homosexuals are worse than animals.
We can’t let Pacquiao’s kind of hate talk prosper because it is harmful to society. It doesn’t promote unity and tolerance. We can only hope that if he ever wins a Senate seat this coming election, he won’t be using his influence to ban homosexuality in the Philippines. Left to his devices, Pacquiao holds a potential to lead Philippine society back into the Dark Ages.