A widely discussed, debated and controversial issue in today’s society: Homosexuality (same sex relationships). I often wonder why this issue has been getting so much attention lately but that’s a topic for another day. Homosexuality; some say it is normal and that the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community should be given equal ‘human rights’ of freedom of association, others, especially on the African continent are strongly of the opinion that is unnatural or even devilish.
In some countries like America, Canda and France, homosexual relationships are legally permitted. In Luxembourg for instance, both the Prime minister and Deputy prime monster are both openly gay men(not that they are in a relationship with each other). In most African, Asian and Carribean countries, it is hugely frowned upon and can attract prison sentences or even death. In Nigeria for instance, it can attract a penalty of 14 years imprisonment while in more homophobic countries like Uganda, a life imprisonment is what you get for being gay.
So many arguments have risen up for and against the issue of homosexuality and still remains a hot topic while talking about human rights. However, the main argument is about the cause of homosexuality.
HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOUR: Nature or Nurture?
Simply put: Is Homosexuality a natural character? (Are gay people born that way?) Or do circumstances and events make people exhibit this character.
NATURE: Are people born gay or with homosexual tendencies? Is there even a possibility of that? For some people who are religious, the question might be, “Can God create people with the intention of them being gay?”
Daniel is 18 years old, he’s never had a girlfriend. He says that from the young age of five, he had feelings for fellow guys despite he played with girls often.
People may think, “maybe he was sexually abused as a child. It must have something to do with his growing up.”
Daniel grew up in an average Christian family with both loving parents and siblings. So, Was Daniel born this way?
Scientists have discovered homosexual behaviours and tendencies in some species of invertebrate animals and others like fish and even dominant animals like lions.
Is this natural (nature) or did the environment have an effect on these animals (nurture)?
NURTURE: Many people are of the opinion that environmental factors are responsible for a person being homosexual. Maybe a guy was raped by an uncle and since then couldnt break away from the lifestyle or a girl was raped at a tender age, then disliked men and preferred to be with women or probably influence from friends, internet…
So, they imply that being gay is unnatural and can only be as a result of physical and environmental factors.
Bruce was sexually molested by his primary school teacher at a young age of ten. He hated the experience and even tried to end his life but subsequently, Bruce couldn’t break away from homosexuality and live a normal life. (Perhaps homosexuality is addictive, probably like alcohol or drugs and once your have an experience, you cant break off. Some religious people even attach this addiction to spirits (evil spirits) that control the mind and body.)
Another very controversial question is: Do people choose to be homosexual?
Homosexuality is not a very common thing neither is it widely or easily acceptable. Many homosexuals get rejected, abandoned by friends and family, isolated and hated by society. So, can people just choose to be gay especially in extremely homophobic countries in Africa and the middle east where the death penalty might apply to them? Or, maybe they just have a strong desire to do what they want despite the odds they face in the society.
Many people detest homosexuals because they feel its a choice and ‘deciding to be unnatural’ is extremely despicable. Whether its a choice or not, one cant certainly say.
The argument keeps raging and turning in different directions. Both sides of the argument have viable points to consider and everyone is entitled to his opinion. However, another sensitive question is: How do you think the society should relate with homosexuals? (Acceptance or hatred?)
Your answer will most likely be determined by your perspective on the argument.