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Homophobia continues its prominence in the world despite the gay men and lesbians being accepted in the society today than they were in the past. Homophobia which is the hostility or the fear towards gay people can also be used to refer to the social ideologies that stigmatize homosexuality. Homophobic behavior can be caused by negative attitudes and feelings that are aimed towards non-heterosexual behavior, relationships, identity and community. It is also the discrimination root that many LGBT people, that is lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people experience. This homophobic behavior can manifest itself in the form of jokes, discrimination in the places of work, physical attacks and media representation.
Gay people are nowadays coming out without any fear declaring their sexuality. The society is taking the same path and considering gay people as normal and who deserve to be treated like any other persons. In many parts of the world, especially in the west, homosexual couples are given the same recognition like that of heterosexual couples regarding the social security benefits (Schuh 2004).Gay people are considered to be immoral especially by those people who are followers of the Bible but you find that, with the current change, church leaders are giving blessings to homosexual church members, homosexual relationships and even to homosexual ministers. This is because they consider being gay as a sin like any other since it is like following the steps of what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah.
Again, when gay people get married, it is considered as immoral since they do not fulfill what God created marriage for (Kennedy & Newcombe 2004). When God introduced the institution of marriage, he said therefore, go forth and multiply, he did not say go and adopt children. The global AIDS epidemic has been linked closely with attitudes toward the gay. Gay men are a group of people that has been affected by HIV and AIDS particularly. Gay men in many countries experienced abuse at the AIDS epidemic beginning, since they were being singled out as they were considered responsible for the HIV spread (Kluge N/A). The press sensational reporting fueled this view making it become progressively anti-gay. 'Gay plague' and ''alert over gay plague' may lead to homosexuals blood ban'', demonized the gay community.
Reasons for prejudice against LGBH people
There are many factors that can cause gay people to be prejudiced against but some of the reasons that can influence a person are: Strong beliefs which do not approve of homosexuality and/or sex, little or no social contact with gay people or lesbians and reporting which lack experiences or feelings of homosexuals. Also, there are different attitudes towards the lesbians and the gay people (Kennedy & Newcombe 2004).
Why prejudice against gay people is justified
Prejudice against the gay people is justified since it is something that is against the will of God. When God created the first human beings he did not create Adam and Zechariahs but instead he created Adam and Eve. Why? The reason is, he wanted the institution of marriage to be of a man and a woman and not a man and a man or a woman and a woman reason being procreation "Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth." Genesis 1: 28. When we look at the reasons for marriage procreation comes first, then companionship then fulfillment of each others sexual needs.
Hence, we come to a conclusion that, gay marriage is not justified since the main factor of marriage is missing (Kennedy & Newcombe 2004). Sexual intimacy that occurs between a husband and a wife is considered good and the main intention of God was for bonding, procreation and pleasure. Also, when we look at the human body, God created it so mysteriously and so wonderfully. Apparently, he created every body part for its function. Why then do gay people have to misuse these body parts especially men? It is so disgusting.
Another reason why prejudice against gay people is justified is, God gave complementary roles to man and woman in order for the family unit to be strengthened. In Genesis 2: 18, woman was meant to be the helper that was needed dearly by man. However, her role was not to be an inferior one (Eskridge& Spedale 2006).Christians feel that gay people should be ashamed of themselves and that any queer sexuality public celebration is wrong.
It is also justified since it creates an atmosphere that is uncomfortable to the Christians. Another reason why prejudice is justified is, homosexuality is linked with venereal diseases like anal herpes, intestinal parasites, hepatitis B, AIDS and Kaposi's sarcoma (Kluge N/A). Studies show that, most heterosexual men have a lifespan of 8-21years less than other men. Children raised up in these marriages are raised in lifestyles that are condemned by God's word.
Why prejudice against gay people is not justified
Prejudice against gay people is not justified because being gay is not a choice but something in born (they are made that way). Again, since it does not harm anyone else apart from the participants, then I don't see any reason for people to have prejudice against it (Andryszewski 2008). Also, if to those involved it feels right, then it is nobody else's business. Another reason is, if heterosexual relationships are considered to be valid, then homosexual relationships should not be condoned since they are equally the same. Another reason why gay people should not be prejudiced against is, they help raise children who do not have families in a family institution and also they lead the institution of marriage which is batter than becoming prostitutes (Rauch 2004).
My feelings about it
According to me, my feelings about being gay or lesbian do not change. I do not even at one point advocate for being gay or lesbian. The main reason for this is I respect and honor God who created me. God created us in a wonderful way and again, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (Kennedy & Newcombe 2004). Hence, since I respect the commandments of God and do according to his word, I would not change my feelings about this.
To me, it is so disgusting. Another reason why I detest it is God did not create a woman to be attracted to another woman or a man to be attracted to another one and that is why, during adolescence we encounter changes in our bodies that make us be attracted to the opposite sex (Eskridge& Spedale 2006). Another reason why I do not change my feelings about it is, personally, I don't think being gay is something in born but I think it is something that one acquires as a matter of choice.
In conclusion, nowadays the society is changing and the trends are changing too. The gay people are coming out in the light without fear declaring their love for each other and even getting married (Rauch 2004).We should always adhere to God's word and expect punishment for our wrong doings. We should welcome our gay brothers and sisters with open arms and try to guide them other than resent them and let God make the judgment himself.