by guest contributor Jack Baldwin
Why are you proud of your sexuality?
It seems this is the guise the LGBT movement uses to hide their real ulterior motives. Before moving on to what the movement is really trying to accomplish, allow me to go along with its poor alibi. I can agree that no one should be ashamed of anything in their identity which they have no control over (although that is apparently still up for debate, just ask my favourite person), but pushing that we should actually be proud of our sexuality or gender is a bit too much of a stretch, even for me, with my extremely socially liberal tendencies (ha, ha).
Allow me to break this down using homosexuality as an example. You are proud of being gay. If you are a man, you are proud of the fact that the chemicals in your brain react to external stimuli, let’s say an attractive man, and subsequently send blood to your penis, causing an erection. You’re essentially proud of a perfectly natural human bodily function. You may as well be proud of taking a shit.
I’ve always believed that one should only be proud of what one has achieved. It is justifiable to be proud of finally passing your driving test after four attempts, or finally earning that pay rise, or even something as simple as plucking up the courage to go out on a Saturday night and work on overcoming your anxiety. Sexuality however, is not an achievement, just as the colour of your skin, or nationality, or gender is not an achievement.
There is also lots to be said about the toxicity of attributing different amounts of pride and virtue into different protected characteristics, of which the individual has no control over. It is the driving factor behind the cancerous identity politics of years gone by, as well as today.
I do have a long lost friend of a friend (definitely not me…) who happens to be bisexual. He tells me he did not choose his sexuality, he is not proud nor ashamed of it, and that coming out as a conservative has given him much more hate than coming out as bisexual. There are more like him that will tell you the same thing.
It’s a political movement pretending to be a social movement.
There is no better example of this than the recent LGBT pride march that swiftly became an anti-Trump #Resist march, wherein the POTUS’s hollywood star was defaced, and several speakers touted anti-Trump rhetoric to the crowd. A confusing phenomenon for me, given that Trump is the first US president to enter office in favour of same sex marriage, has expressed support for the LGBT community in his incredible speech after the Orlando shooting, has flown the LGBT flag during his presidential campaign and even allowed Bruce Jenner to use whichever bathroom he so pleased in Trump tower.
One of the biggest lies touted by the LGBT movement is that they are an inclusive and tolerant bunch. You’d think that to be an individual the LGBT movement cares about, you’d have to be any combination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. But no, you have to be far more qualified than that. You must also have the right opinions, support the right politicians and never dare question any aspect of the LGBT agenda. Failure to live up to these standards will result in censorship, castigation and being banned from taking part in LGBT marches and conversations. The consensus seems to be that, if your social identity aligns with any of the LGBT acronyms, there is a set menu of suitable ideas to choose from. Any deviations from this menu is to be seen as blasphemy, and the perpetrator is to be banished from the LGBT community with post haste.
For me, the idea that your social identity is, or should be, tied to your political opinions is inherently discriminatory. Just imagine how the conversation would go if you were to tell anyone what their political affiliations should be depending on personal characteristics out of their control:
“You’re a woman. Your opinions should be this…”
“Ummm, isn’t that sexist?”
“You’re black. You’re opinions should be this…”
“Ummm, isn’t that racist?”
I feel like I’m beating this to death now, but this is once again another controversy that will be solved if we were to adopt individualism. We should stop judging people as collectives. We should stop judging people as ‘communities’. It is absolutely insulting and degrading for someone to be spoken to like their opinions have already been assigned to them by the group you have divided them into.
We’re all the same! Except we’re very, very, very different.
Once upon a time, I thought it was a great idea to show the masses that homosexuals and bisexuals are no different to you or anyone else. We are all human beings with our own individual personalities, hopes and dreams. Some of us just happen to be attracted to the same sex. I still do think this is a great idea, the LGBT community, however, does not.
Nowadays, the LGBT community seems intent on showing the world just how different they are. This would be fine, if the differences being pushed were not constantly attempting to stretch, and subsequently overstep the boundaries of human civility. You’ll find that while a hefty majority have no problems with anyone being LGBT, a hefty majority do have some reservations with full frontal nudity, sexual acts, bondage and BDSM paraphernalia, all in public and often in the presence of children.
Yes, this side of it may well be in the minority. However I have only seen condemnation from parties that have subsequently received condemnation in return from the LGBT community. Yes, it seems that those pushing the degeneracy argument are often coming from a bigoted background, but while I hate to say it, they make some important points too.
Can we go back to focussing on our commonalities, rather than our differences? That seemed to work a lot better. Or at the very least, stop alienating people for not being a fan of this odd part of LGBT culture. We don’t care that you’re gay, but we do care that you’re promoting sexual messages to our kids.
Not all doom and gloom
In my opinion, there are a few good reasons to celebrate. The fact that the western world has come so far in such a short time is incredible. Homosexuality and same sex marriage is no longer illegal, and for the most part homosexuality is widely acceptable – this is the answer to give me if I ask why you support LGBT pride. However, if you do not denounce the absurdity outlined above at the same time, then I will not take you seriously. If LGBT pride would drop the nonsense and focus on the good reasons to celebrate, it would no longer be bullshit, and I will happily celebrate with you.
For additional bonus points, if the LGBT community could focus more on the plight of homosexuals worldwide, that would be great. There are currently 10 countries where homosexuality is punishable by death. These are: Yemen, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and United Arab Emirates. This is absolutely abhorrent. Could we possibly do something about it? Organise some protests perhaps, and raise awareness? I dare say that pretending we’re all terribly oppressed in the West while parading around in barely any clothing, consuming unholy amounts of alcohol/drugs and accusing others of being hateful if they dare disagree with any part of it, is not doing much for those around the world that are envious of your freedom to do so.