Are you homophobic? Do you feel disgusted or conjure weird feelings when you are around them?
Homosexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior between members of the same sex or gender. The gay community is usually referred to as the LGBT community. LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered. When people talk about homosexuality they often ask, it is a choice? Most people in the LGBT community expressed that they have little or no choice over their sexual orientation and that it is not a choice to be gay. While there are those who still hold the view that homosexual activity is “unnatural” or “dysfunctional”, research has shown that homosexuality is an example of a normal and natural variation in human sexuality and is not a source of negative psychological effect.
Homosexual behavior not only happens in humans but also in animal kingdom for example, such as penguins, chimpanzees and dolphins. Prejudice and discrimination against homosexual people, also known as homophobia, however, only occurs in humans.
There are many different words to describe homosexual people. Some of these are used to insult them. Some words to describe homosexual men are gay and queer. Words to describe homosexual women are lesbian, dyke or butch. However, dyke can be an offensive term, applied to lesbians, to stereotype them as masculine. Everyone accepts that it’s possible for a person to be attracted to people of more than one height, weight, hair colour, or race. For bisexuals that openness also includes gender. Bisexuals don’t have to be equally attracted to men and women too. Transgender is a general term applied to a variety of individuals involving tendencies to vary from their culturally conventional gender roles. Most transgender expressed and feel that they were born in the wrong body.
Men tend to have shorter index fingers in relation to their ring fingers; in women, the lengths are about the same. According to scientific research, many have found that in this case, unlike straight women, lesbians’ Index finger is shorter, on average, than the Ring finger. However, this is not entirely true. More so of a myth.
When homosexual people keep their sexual orientation a secret, they are said to be “in the closet”. “Out” or “out of the closet” is a slang term that means a homosexual person is open about his or her sexual orientation. Being out means that he or she does not hide the fact that he or she is homosexual. However, coming out is not always an easy thing to do. Many people hide their sexual orientation because some people do not support their lifestyle. Some people believe that if they are open about their preferences they will not be supported by their loved ones, friends and family. There have been cases of people getting thrown out of the house, disowned, bullied, and in certain countries and religions, jailed or killed after revealing their sexual orientation.
Personally, I have a friend whose mother found out that she was a lesbian and lectured her about it and tried to “talk her out of it”. She was devastated and lost initially but she still likes and chase after girls now because… that is what she likes just like how most or all of you here are attracted to the opposite gender. There are many symbols that represent gay pride such as lower case Greek letter ‘Lambda’ but the most common one known today is the rainbow flag.
Coincidentally, the rainbow also represents the seven ‘chakras’ or energy vortex or chi points in the human body.
In some countries, the LGBT community holds pride parade. The events also at times serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage. In Singapore, there is an event for the LGBT community, known as the Pink Dot which started in 2009. However, it is not a gay pride parade or even a protest, but rather an event where people gather to form a giant pink dot in a show of support for inclusiveness, diversity and the freedom to love. Singapore might be a multi-racial and multi-religious country, but the same tolerance has not evolved for matters of sexual orientation. Gay marriage is illegal in many countries and Singapore is one of them. According to Section 377A of the Penal Code, Singapore criminalizes “gross indecency” between men which includes consensual, private, adult homosexual acts. The penalty is up to two years’ imprisonment. Singaporean TV channels also censor positive portrayal of gay characters in popular series like “Glee” and “American Family”. Needless to say, life can be challenging for the LGBT people in Singapore.
In most of the world, homosexuals still do not have the same rights and freedoms that heterosexuals have.
In conclusion, this article is not for the sake of persuading you into being homosexual or anything of that nature. It is only been to inform you on the lifestyle of homosexuals. I have attempted to inform you on what homosexuality is and why some people hide their sexual orientation.
“Love is a human experience, not a political statement.” – Anne Hathaway
Article written by Fiona Wee