11 October 2006

Homosexuality 101 (Part Two)

The teaching and discussion of homosexuality in particular is heavily laden with stigma, shame and fear. The worst thing about it is the way many Lesbians and Gay men internalize these feelings.

Some of us buy into the myth that a “homosexual lifestyle” exists which necessarily involves drug abuse, alcoholism and promiscuity. “Ex-Gay” organizations like Exodus International exploit this idea ruthlessly! Some of us buy into the myth that, because we’re Gay, we’re at greater risk of committing sex crimes like pederasty and pedophilia. This canard gets trotted out whenever a clergyman or elected official is caught victimizing young boys.

Some of us buy into the myth that risky sexual behavior and sex in public is part of “Gay culture.” This is hedonism in disguise! Some Lesbians buy into the myth that their butch/femme unions must needs reflect the worst aspects of gender role-playing, such as spousal abuse. This is self-hatred in disguise!

Many Gay men buy into the myth that they’re incapable of maintaining long-term, monogamous relationships. This is nothing but a silly attempt to blame immaturity on sexual orientation. A truly appalling number of us buy into the myth that we can “empower” ourselves by embracing the sexual slurs our enemies sling at us. I could go on, but you surely get the idea by now.

Gay people are guilty of allowing those who hate us to define who we are! We seem only too eager to swallow the lies they force down our throats. It’s time for us to step out from behind the lies! We’re none of these awful things we’re told we are. We’re not potential predators. We’re not inherently immoral. We’re not uncontrollably sexual. We’re not psychologically twisted. And we’re so much more than who we desire to sleep with!

Those of us who choose not to express our sexuality are as homosexual as those of us who do. Mere sexual classification isn't sufficent to describe who and what we are. We enrich the fields of music, literature, visual and performing art with our presence in them. We make many other valuable contributions to society. However, the widespread practice of heterosexual supremacy makes it hard for us to contribute freely.

All too frequently, superstition and religious bias govern how society treats us. If you want to know exactly how bad we’ve been treated over time, check out a web page called A History of Homophobia . . .


. . . and British scholar Rictor Norton will fill you in on the grisly details. Now, as in centuries past, our very existence is condemned. We are the most hated minority group in the world, because we are hated all over the world! We can’t escape persecution anywhere, not even in our own ethnic communities. Bigotry assaults many of us from inside our own families. We’re attacked by a limitless variety of people, from classmates and co-workers to preachers, teachers and law enforcement officials, from raving mad streetcorner prophets screaming our “sin” through loudspeakers to Papal spokesmen denouncing our “debauchery” with proclamations from Vatican City.

Even the President of the United States (currently, one George W. Bush) sometimes feels forced to say derogatory things about us. This kind of abuse is directed exclusively at Lesbians and Gay men, and it can be absolutely overwhelming. If a lot of Gay people enter therapy, and quite a few of us do, it should come as no surprise. That some folks try to blame our mental health issues on sexual orientation is chutzpah at its most brazen! It's the equivalent of bashing someone over the head with a baseball bat and then saying: "Damn! You don't look so good, dude. Why don't you go see a doctor?"

True, we‘ve come a long way since the days when homosexual folk were burned at the stake, but we still face an unbearable amount of oppression. Often, we find ourselves needing a shoulder to cry on. At other times, we seek something to strengthen us as we struggle under the heavy burden of intolerance. And why on Earth wouldn't we?

There are all kinds of inappropriate ways to cope with persecution, and Gay people have tried them all. I’ve found that the best way to cope is faith in God through Jesus Christ. (We’ve arrived at the religion segment of my class. You knew this was going to be an inter-disciplinary course, didn't you?)

Most Christians seek God by going to church and/or studying Bible scripture. However, Gay Christians have ample reason to avoid these traditional pathways to faith. On his web pages, Rictor Norton documents how the church adopted heterosexual supremacy as credo long ago. Ancient ideologues mined Scripture with their loathsome tenets. This tragic perversion of the Gospel made Christianity anathema to the very people who stood to benefit most from it.

How, then, can a homosexual person find God through Jesus Christ? Fortunately, Lesbians and Gay men are blessed in a very special way. We have a means of accessing the Lord that doesn‘t involve studying any text. God has written a Scripture directly on our souls! Bits and pieces of that Scripture do appear at various places in the Bible, though; here's one example:

MATTHEW 19: 4-6, 10-12
(Jesus Christ said)“Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said: "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh"? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.

His disciples said to Him, “If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry!” But He said to them, “All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given: For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of Heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept (this teaching), let him accept it.”

I've reproduced the text here for your convenience; but if you are a Lesbian woman or Gay man, you already know the truth it tells.  All you need do in order to read and understand it is know yourself for what you really are, instead of believing what others say you are. You are one of the blessed eunuchs of which Jesus Christ spoke! You are a "two-spirited" soul whose legend is known and respected in most Native-American traditions; and there've been many other names for your kind throughout world history.

How can you doubt it? Can you deny the uniqueness you've felt inside yourself since childhood? A uniqueness that involves more than just your sexuality? The inner Gospel we possess can't help but make us understand that God is real, because only God has the power to create amazing, gifted people like us!

When a Gay man knows he’s a child of God, no misinterpreted Scriptural citation can intimidate him. When a Lesbian knows she belongs to Jesus Christ, no “ex-Gay” ministry can deceive her about her true identity. There’s no longer any reason to question the diversity of nature, so regardless of how poorly we've been taught about sexuality, the stigma, the shame and the fear begin to fade away. That's what happened for me when the Lord opened my eyes to the true meaning of Matthew 19, and what a thrill it was to finally feel free!  I can't begin to tell you.

I know what some of you are thinking: Believing in God is just buying into another myth! But is it really? Is it irrational to believe that nobody but God could design sexuality that appears to defy the laws of nature? That nobody but God could put homosexual desire into dogs, cats, sheep, whales, giraffes, birds, insects, and other animals, creatures that we know are governed by instinct? That nobody but God could fashion a subspecies of humanity that links every nation and culture on Earth? People have been convinced of God’s existence with much weaker evidence.

I don’t want to come across like a televangelist; since my main purpose in offering this course was clarification and not (dare I say it?) recruitment, I’ll cool it with the Christian conversion talk. However, let me make one more point: Accepting God as our creator and our refuge from hatred is far and away a more rational act than accepting outrageously false, insulting and hateful definitions of homosexuality. It's a far more rational act than committing suicide, too!

Speaking of outrageously false definitions, check out this definition of sin, taken from a book called God’s Grace and The Homosexual (sic) Next Door. The author is Alan Chambers, president and chief spokesman for that infamous branch of the Church of the Poisoned Mind, Exodus International:

. . . I believe that it is so important to clarify that just living a celibate Gay life is just as sinful as living a sexually promiscuous one.

Talk about corrupted teaching! This dubious morsel of wisdom confirms that the “ex-Gay” movement is exactly what I’ve always believed it was: A cheerleading section and procurement center for heterosexual intercourse (as if such a thing were needed).

What shameless arrogance! How dare Alan Chambers presume to declare celibacy sinful? Celibacy is a means by which some people get in touch with their spirituality. It’s also a legitimate response to sexual addiction. It’s only sinful when it’s imposed on someone against his or her will.

These anti-Gay ideologues who claim Christian identity are nothing but fakers! Con artists!  Peddlers of BS!  But they're running out of fools.  Despite what they say, they’re not concerned with matters of the soul; they’re obsessed with matters of the flesh! Our flesh! They only pretend to worship God. What they truly worship is the penis and the vagina, or more accurately, the penis inside the vagina. It's a friggin' fertility cult!  What they do is akin to recruitment into temple prostitution of the sort that was practiced in Biblical times. Somebody needs to tell them that God doesn't like being worshipped in that way! They really do need to realize that truth, before it's too late.

The Savior said it best: What God has joined together, let not man separate.  When the Lord joins male with female, man cannot separate them, no matter how hard he may try!  And that statement is never more true than when God blends male with female in a single soul.  Born eunuch status and the unique sexuality that's attached to it is the result of that blending.  It's a Divine blessing, a gift of androgynous gender that mirrors God's own (see the first chapter of Genesis for confirmation), and the gift is absolutely non-returnable! 

Gay identity is here to stay!  The same goes for Pansexual and Transsexual identity.  Human gender and sexual orientation have always been and will always be under God's control; human manipulations won't ever loosen His grip on them.  Willful ignorance and "faith-based" bigotry won't, either!  The world will be a much wiser place when its inhabitants finally accept that fact.


Class dismissed! Don’t forget your homework! You must practice saying these words to yourself: I am not a f*ggot. I am not a d*ke. I am not a pervert. I am not a queer. My sexuality is a blessing from God. Say the words over and over until you believe them. You will be tested!

For more information about the ancient concept of born eunuchs,
visit the website of Faris Malik:

http://www.well.com/user/aquarius/contents.htm

See a new film about two-spirited Native-American people:

http://twospirits.org/?page_id=47