Sunday, December 23, 2007

Freedom of choice.....

You’ll be honest; the thought of two men having sexual relations doesn’t come up in your top one hundred, but the thought of two beautiful women doing the same, comes up in your top five.

In a lecture a while back, the topic of whether or not homosexuality was biological or not came to the floor, an older chap at the back decided to make his views known:

‘It’s disgusting, they choose to be gay, just thinking about it makes me feel ill.’

You decided to take the opposite position:

'They don’t choose to be gay, it’s how they are born.’
‘So you’re telling me that one day a person wakes up and decides to risk being beaten up for being gay, to risk being disowned and hated by their own family, they walk down the street and suddenly think to themselves that a person of, shall we say, the same sex, is a better prospect than one of the opposite gender? Is that what you’re telling me mate, because I’m not sure where you’re coming from?’

To put to death a common misconception, Homophobia means a fear of homosexuality and homosexuals, not hatred.

Whatever a person might be, black, white, gay, straight, bisexual, Christian, Muslim, even fans of ‘Take that’, have the right to be treated equally, with equal respect, they have the right to feel safe, to be safe.

Do homosexuals choose to be as such? Who gives a flying fuck whether they do or they don’t, they still have the right to be who they want to be.

‘Just thinking…’
‘About what exactly?’
‘Your beautiful body, rapped in tinsel, and that cute little mole on your……...’
‘Stop it, people will hear you!’
‘What, like they heard you yesterday?’
‘I can’t help it, you just look so amazing, you temptress.’

You choose to look at your girlfriend when you’re shopping in Tesco and imagine her naked, your choice? Too bloody right, no one can take that away from you, just as no one without just cause, whoever they may be, has the right to take away the freedom of choice away from another.

'My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.'

Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.


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