Pros and cons.
Some of you may view this article (and due the the title) may instantaneously think I’m saying homosexuality is a choice… But it is not. You are born gay, lesbian, straight, or bisexual. Those of us whom are in fact homosexual face not only the stereotypical challenges society creates, but also the pleasures of being who we are and understanding, with the utmost respect, the meaning of freedom of choice (again not saying homosexuality is a choice, but the choice to be open with whom we are). Contrary to popular belief, I feel starting off with the negative is better than starting off with the positive because it leaves room to lighten the mood, rather than end on a dreary note. With that being said, I will start off with the cons of being a homosexual.
- Starting off with the obvious, homosexuals are often attacked by those who practice religion. Along with this comes the idea that because of who we love, we will go to Hell. In addition, those of whom (who are homosexual) who follow a certain religion that is against same-sex relations, are banned from their practices and in the Christian religion – no longer aloud in God’s house (Church).
- Homosexuals are often looked at as “disgusting” or “revolting” in the eyes of society. Many people believe that homosexuals are who they are because they want to rebel or spite their parents or any other authoritative figure. Also, people tend to believe that people are homosexual because they are sex-crazed. This is rather offensive, because it is not the case for people who are ACTUALLY gay.
- If you are a lesbian, many of your female friends may feel as though you are looking at them “that” way (as in being interested in them or finding them attractive), which could create a strain on any normal girl to girl friendship. If you are gay, a good example of prejudice would be in a locker room setting. Let’s say gym class is over and it is time to shower, change, etc. Most of the men (stereotypically speaking) will not feel comfortable doing as such in the presence of one homosexual. And if you are one of the people who view things this way, let me ask you this; because you are straight does that mean you are interested in every woman you see (for men) or interested in every guy you see (for women)? No. Same goes for homosexuals. They are not interested in everyone of the same sex. They are just like you. In addition to prejudice, homosexuals are bullied for no reason – and in some cases, cruel bullying could turn into a traumatic experience for unlucky homosexuals.
- Generation is the root of all evil in this case. Due to the olden day tradition of man and woman, as life goes on it is taught that you are to be with the opposite sex. You parents don’t teach you that it is okay to fall in love with some one of the same sex. They don’t preach the ideas of equality – they portray homosexuality as a wrong-doing. However, it is fact that homosexuality has been around since the dawn of time. In fact, one of the early Greek islands, Lesbos, was the birth of the word lesbian because of it’s woman-loving poet, Sappho (who was also a woman).
- One big down side to being homosexual is the fact that they cannot produce offspring together. Unfortunately homosexuals couples have to look towards adoption and for woman, they have the alternative choice of artificial insemination. Of course, to adopt a child, you have to have the legal right. In certain states in the US, you cannot adopt children if you are gay. There are many rights you are denied when you are a homosexual. Sure, they may not have to worry about the death penalty, but they are denied rights such as funeral right, will rights, hospital visitation rights, and adoption rights.
Although these are only a few of the negative things homosexuals have to face, there are indeed many more. Fortunately, there are also many positive things to being homosexual which counter-act those negative points. And with that being said, here are the pros!