Hello all, welcome back!
So, the festive period is drawing to a close and I have the desire to write a blog again. After looking for inspiration and failing to find any, I've decided to write one on an issue that potentially cost lives: homophobia and homosexuality. In society today, especially living in England, it seems impossible to go out and not hear one thing or another being labelled "gay". The question is, though: why do we persist in using what people are as an insult? Opinions should NOT disrespect anybody's existence.
Despite being in 2015, where people are openly bisexual, or homosexual, it seems strange that there is still such a large amount of hate directed at those; those who have embraced what they are and have freely admitted it, unashamed of accepting what and who they are. Perhaps, if more people were as happy with themselves as these, the world would be a better place. Unfortunately, it seems that we, (society as a whole), are unable to accept those who are "different". However, hate always stems from somewhere. What our elders tell us, how religion influences us, and in some cases, what our country's laws state are all factors that turn the spark into a flame. Indoctrination always has been a powerful tool. Yet it seems the media and what our idols/inspirations do is what has the biggest impact on us.
Several songs, articles and films are composed, written or made revolving around the homosexuality issue, each injecting snippets of disapproving thoughts into our brainwashed minds. If we get the message straight, without being judgemental, we would be able to accept people for what they are. In saying this, that can relate to several issues: hate springs from a lack of understanding on an issue. Though accepting gay people shouldn't need this, it isn't complicated - you don't abuse someone for being straight, so why do the same to a person who is simply attracted to the same sex? It's pointless, illogical and downright disrespectful.
"I know it's coming, there's going to be violence, I've taken as much as I'm willing to take. Why do you think we should suffer in silence? When a heart is broken, there's nothing left to break."
The above is a selection of quotes from 'Tripping', a song written by Robbie Williams in 2005. What shocks me the most is how artists are willing to risk their careers and call out homophobia in the music industry, and this really isn't anything new. The points made in these quotes remain the same though: why should they keep their sexuality a secret, just because society is reluctant to accept something irrelevant? If we keep living a lie, we won't have any hearts left to break. And lastly: homosexual people are fed up with fighting against those who oppress them, and can we really blame them? No, we can't.
When we look past the speculation that comes with being homosexual, we aren't just making their lives hell, we aren't just insulting them, we are stopping them from loving though, which is never tolerable. Every person has the right to love, nobody has the right to stop that happening. Imagine the shock that you'd feel when you discovered you were different, imagine feeling sick every time the harsh words like "faggot" were spat from the mouths of your ex-friends... Imagine. It isn't pleasant, and we are an effect on that. When we become more socially aware, we might appreciate each other for what we are. No freedom until we're equal.
"I can't change."
The line we hear so much when heterosexual people question a homosexual person's sexuality. Surely that makes us wonder how accurate that of religion is, for in this case, holy water is poison - sermons spew hate instead of love. Most religions preach love and compassion over anything else, yet turn themselves from "accepting of all" to judgemental hypocrites. And you're agreeing with that? I'm most definitely not.
At the end of the day, we need to overcome this small-minded prejudice. The stereotypes associated with homosexuality are already invading the brains of younger generations and soon, the hate will spiral out of control if we aren't careful. It's ironic though: we try so hard to find life in other planets, other galaxies and other dimensions, yet we can't even accept our own for what we are.
Because that's just the dystopia we live in.
I hope this post has been able to highlight just how important acceptance is in society today. After all, we are human, and unfortunately, can't de-sensitise ourselves. Anyhow, have a lovely weekend and take care!
P.S, for the ignorant people who inevitably grace society with bitterness, no, I myself am not homosexual. However, I do recognise that each and every person should be treated as an individual equally. That may seem fairly outlandish, however the sooner we start doing the same thing, the better.