A to Z: Q is for Queer

Being gay is not a choice. It is not a disability. It is not a disease. It IS a part of human nature. People have no more choice over their sexuality than they do their height, it is a predetermined factor in a person’s life. What IS a choice, and I’ve said this before, is the choice to divulge one’s sexuality. Who I sleep with is no one’s business but my own. I still breathe, still eat, drink, work, get dressed, pay bills, watch tv, sleep, drink coffee, and live. Stuff every human being does, whatever their sexuality.

The biggest issue that LGBT people face is bullying. By their peers, by the “almighty” religious right, by politicians that don’t even know them, by strangers on the street, and most sadly, by their families. I was fortunate not to have been bullied by my family. They have been supportive and caring, but the same can’t be said of everyone.

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If I could personally right this wrong I would. But I cannot. It’s sad that so many young LGBT people have to face homelessness due to the lack of support from the very people that are supposed to love them unconditionally. 

No one’s child is going to be perfect, every one makes mistakes. That’s how we, as humans, learn. Also, no one is going to agree with everything their child does or says. But you love them anyway. That is your job as a parent. Making your child feel worthless and making them run away or straight up kicking them out of your house makes you a horrible individual. You ought to be sterilized and have any remaining children taken away from you. You don’t deserve kids if you aren’t going to love and care for them.

I’ve blogged several times about my feelings on the issue of gay rights, and I doubt I’ll stop blogging about it until it is no longer an issue….so, never. There will always be bigots in this world, and they will always try to find a target within the LGBT community. I’d like to believe that once my generation gets older, that the prudish lawmakers and church elders of today will have died out and we can live a more enlightened existence, but there are just as many people my age that have learned hatred from their parents.

LGBT rights are not special rights, they are human rights. No one deserves to be treated badly for any reason. Even horrible, terrible murderers are treated humanely, even if they are killed themselves. So why do people feel that it is okay to mistreat, bully, and discriminate against a homosexual? I blame the religious right, politicians, and people using the Bible as their crutch. There are only four times homosexuality is even mentioned in the bible.

Lev. 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”1Lev. 20:13, “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them.”1 Cor. 6:9-10, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”Rom. 1:26-28, “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper.”

But the bible also mentions not blending fabrics, not getting tattoos, not taking the Lord’s name in vain, not eating certain foods, not committing adultery, not socializing with a menstruating woman, and not coveting your neighbor’s wife. All of which happen on a daily basis on this planet. Why are these infractions not treated with same regard that homosexuality is treated? Bigotry. If we stuck to the biblical mantra “let he who has no sin cast the first stone” (paraphrasing) the world would be a peaceful place, as there is but a handful of souls on this entire earth that would even qualify. And they probably also adhere to “judge not, lest ye be judged” (again, paraphrasing).

Using a book written almost 2,000 years ago as a free pass to bully and discriminate, makes you an outdated asshole. It is 2015, there is absolutely no excuse for not treating someone as a human being.

I am Jason. I am queer. I am a human being. If any of that offends you, fuck off.

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