posted on Oct, 19 2005 @ 06:36 PM
I wish there had been someone around when I was a teenager to say things like "It's OK to be gay" and "Life's too short to hide it" - but there
wasn't. I grew up Southern Baptist and went to a private "Christian" school (although we never had to read or discuss the Bible at school), never
even knowing there were other people that felt like me - disgusted at the thought of being with a girl and too afraid to admit (even to myself) that I
was attracted to boys. I'd never even heard of "homosexuals" or "gays" till I was at least a senior in highschool, and when I did, the context I
heard them in sure as hell didn't make me want to identify as one. I'd heard "faggot" before, but didn't know it meant homosexual, I just knew
it was an insult that more or less meant "sissy."
As one of those "evil" queers
, I have no problem with seeing a bible verse printed somewhere - it doesn't offend me, I was raised Southern
Baptist, and in a VERY religious family - and never once was I told that I was gonna burn in hell for who I was - it just didn't come up back then.
I only remember being told to be a good person and think of (and do unto) others as I would have them think of (and do unto) me. With all the
controversy about it now, I really feel sorry for teenagers and young adults that 'know' what they are, but are way to afraid to admit it because so
many people these days are making such a big deal about it.
What really steams my clams is how all these religious organizations that are against homosexuality see it as 'evil' that some people say being gay
is "OK", think books/quotes that say it's OK should be 'banned' from public view, and act like we are out to "get-'em" and convert them to our
"sinful ways" -- But then cry "religious persecution" when they try to promote their view and someone says "don't push it on me" or
that their point of view has no place in public either.
They don't want kids to know anything about sex or homosexuality untill their wedding night, but they're the ones making such a big stink about it,
making it such an issue that now EVERYONE knows about it much earlier than they would if they'd just let people be. (I'd hate to have to explain to
a 3rd grader what 'gays' are, because they saw some church group protesting gays - when they shouldn't even know about any of that 'sex' stuff
'till they're in their teens.)
I have no problem tolerating "Jesus saves" or any inspirational Bible verses - just as those anti-gay groups should have no problem tolerating
'tolerance' for gays. If they believe they are right, then guess what - they don't 'have' to be gay!
(what a revelation
I however, believe that I am right, in that I don't think being gay is my one way ticket to hell. If someone doesn't agree with me, no skin off my