Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I Cannot Get Past The Homophobic Culture

Homophobia: A strong and unreasonable dislike of homosexual people, especially towards homosexual men.
In the spirit of “uniting as one people”, I felt it important to put this piece together. Not because I am a bored activist trying to get noticed but because it is something that affects us all. Homophobia is widespread and it is sickening. Time and time again, homosexuality has been frowned upon. Granted, it is not something that one can easily accept, but the homophobic behaviour is not the better option at all. I am not about to carry on, on how homosexuals are people too, no one should have to explain that.
The number of physical assaults, robberies, acts of vandalism and threats against homosexuals are shocking. All because of one’s sexuality? I, personally, have lost a dear friend due to a homophobic attack by a group of hateful heterosexual men. They are still roaming the streets as if they have done the world a favour. It breaks my heart to think of some of the terrible things that are done to homosexuals, all in the name of hate. Name-calling. Gay bashing. Correctional rape. Prejudice. How can humans be so heartless? Discrimination against homosexuals is deplorable. So distasteful. Immoral.
Homophobia is an unnecessary act of hate that hurts people. There is a lack of fairness. Homosexuals are never really safe. Police officers are there to protect us but there are incidents of abuse by them. There are multiple reports of police officers who ridicule homosexuals who attempt to report an incident of abuse, both male and female. The same people, who have sworn to not discriminate, to protect and serve. Countless reports of assaults reported to the police completely ignored. Most homosexuals do not even bother to report abuse due to the behaviour of some officials. There have been plenty of cases about homophobic officials but nothing has been done still.
Many refer to homosexuality as "a complex issue". Some try to appear as though they are not homophobic. You find heterosexuals who go on about how they have nothing against homosexuals, just as long as they keep away from them. You also find heterosexuals who have that one gay friend they use a token, to show the world that they are not homophobic. Same way racists claim not to be racist.
I’m not a racist, I have a black friend
I’m not homophobic because I have a gay friend
Whether you like homosexuals or not it's up to you. Your feelings are exactly that…yours. To constantly abuse someone because of their sexuality, though, is unacceptable.
Stop the homophobic attacks.
          Say #NoToHomophobia

By: Anonymous

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