About LGBT people¶
I suggest the following definitions.
The (normal) sexual orientation of a human feeling sexually attracted by other humans of the opposite sex.
The sexual orientation of a human feeling sexually attracted by other humans of same sex.
The sexual orientation of a human feeling sexually attracted by other humans of both sexes.
An general word for humans with a sexual disorder.
Originally meaning “strange” or “peculiar”, queer came to be used pejoratively against those with same-sex desires or relationships in the late 19th century. Beginning in the late 1980s, queer activists began to reclaim the word as a deliberately provocative and politically radical alternative to the more assimilationist branches of the LGBT community.
- sexual orientation
An enduring pattern of emotional, romantic and sexual attractions developed as the result of a complex interplay of genetic, hormonal, and environmental influences.
- sexual identity
How one thinks of oneself in terms of to whom one is sexually attracted.
- birth sex
The sex that has been assigned to you when you were born.
A range of negative attitudes and feelings like contempt, aversion, hatred or antipathy toward humans who are identified or perceived as being homosexual.
Homophobia can cause stigmatization and discrimination. Homophobia is based on ignorance, irrational fear and obsolete religious beliefs.
Transgender people experience a sexual identity that is opposite to their biological sex. IOW either a man who would prefer to be a woman, or a woman who would prefer to be a man.
Note that transgenderism is fundamentally different from homosexuality. The extraordinary thing with transgender people it the sexual identity, not the orientation.
What they have in common is that they are sexual disorders or queerness.
A transgender individual who permanently transitions to the gender with which they identify, usually seeking medical assistance including hormone replacement therapy and other sex reassignment therapies, might later in their life suffer from side effects that might be more problematic than the original problem. That makes sense because our biological sex has deep influences on our life, our brain, our mental development. This development starts already in the womb. The fruits of this development cannot be changed at will without causing serious other problems.
OTOH there are known cases of transgender people who got happy only after a permanent change of identity.
LGTBQ people and God¶
Many humans are not ready to recognize same-sex marriage. Obviously because they fear that the partners might have sex together and because they find the mere idea disgusting. This feeling is not caused by religion. Also many non-religious people find it disgusting to see two men kissing each other.
Me too I find homosexual behaviour disgusting. Because I am heterosexual. But this doesn’t give me the right to judge whether homosexuality is a sin. I am not God. Jesus calls me to love my fellow humans, including those with a different sexual orientation.
If you don’t agree with this, then go and listen to one of them. And with “listen” I mean that you try to understand them, not that you try to find ways to save them from their “sin”. Leave the job of saving them –if needed– to God.
The belief that homosexuality –or the fact of accepting it and acting accordingly– is a sin has grown during thousands of years, it has deep roots. Changing this belief will need some more generations. But we are on our way.
“In cultures influenced by Abrahamic religions, the law and the church established sodomy as a transgression against divine law or a crime against nature. The condemnation of anal sex between males, however, predates Christian belief. It was frequent in ancient Greece; “unnatural” can be traced back to Plato.” (Wikipedia)
Many leaders of Jewish religion and its derivatives, Christianity and Islam, still stigmatize homosexuality as something bad. I think that it is time to review our religious teachings.
Let’s acknowledge that, until some generations ago, humanity had no scientific understanding of what homosexuality is. Let’s acknowledge that in ancient times, people were afraid of this phenomenon. And let’s acknowledge that some parts of our Holy Scriptures reflect that fear.
But let’s also get realistic. Human science has explained homosexuality well enough. We cannot call it a disease. Not even a disorder. It is not more particular than being a twin, being left-handed or having read hair. Let’s get rid of ancient beliefs that have become obsolete.
Cultures don’t change quickly. Christian churches have learned already. Homosexuality itself is no longer a sin for Christians. I believe that it won’t take very long –only a few generations– until LGTB people will get fully acknowledged by all Christian churches.