Sunday, April 1, 2012

Homosexuality amid isolation and social crisis

Sexual orientation is neither a choice nor in anybody’s hand, yet some religions claim homosexuality to be a destructive disease. Abuses and Discrimination against homosexuals have been causing them depression, isolation and suicides. In fact, fearing homophobia, many people, despite having same-sex attractions, hesitate to identify themselves as the different one. Just for being themselves, Gays or Lesbians still carry the death penalty in several Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan, and Yemen. 

abuse against homosexuals Homosexuality isn't something that appeared drastically from the 20th century, but something that has been spilled all over the human history. Centuries ago, Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum (2400 BCE), an Egyptian male couple were portrayed in a nose-kissing position in Egyptian art. Since 600 BCE, Homosexuality had been observed in Chinese literature. Similarly, in Thailand, Thai kings had female as well as male lovers. In ancient Greece, homosexual relationships were used to regulate the population. 

Even in Ancient Rome, young boys remained the focus of male sexual attention in public brothels. In Italy, Florence and Venice were renowned for their practice of same-sex love. By 13th century, death was the punishment for male homosexuality in most of Europe, although, in Persia (1501–1723), male houses of prostitution were legally recognized, paying taxes. In 1867, Karl Heinrich became the first self-proclaimed homosexual person to speak out publicly against anti-homosexual laws in Germany.

Studies found same and opposite couples to be equivalent in parenting and romantic relationships. According to one psychological theory, all human are born bisexual and turn into heterosexuals, homosexuals or bisexuals with psychological development and social learning. Few researche seem to support this theory, for an example, in 1953, Alfred Kinsey reported that around 46% of the male reacted sexually to both genders, during their adult lives, and 37% had at least one homosexual experience. A 1992 study reported that 6.1% men in Britain and 12 % in Norway had homosexual urges, once in a while.

Interestingly, despite being a prominent fraction of homosexuals today, very little is known of female homosexuality in history. Lesbians often experience their sexuality differently from gay men. Definitely, giving themselves emotionally to a woman is more pleasurable, given that a relationship with women is like a communion with self. 

How homosexual behavior can be called abnormal when it is even found in 1500 species of non-human animals? Well, I never got an answer to this question since social  banishment, legal discrimination, negative stereotypes, limited support and the higher rate of family rejection continue to push homosexuals in isolation with poorer health outcomes. The United States alone reported 15.6% of hate crimes against gay men by brutal heterosexuals. This goes on with further employment biases in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, and compensation.

Being a writer, I feel myself complete after finishing this article. Few years back, just like everyone, I also had a deep fear of homosexuals, but after knowing them from one step closer, I intend to laugh at me now. Hopefully, with liberalization of same sex marriage, a time to celebrate homosexuality would come, along with the human piece. 


Anonymous said...

dude u r grt and very very true and i fully agree with you dear


Anshul Singh said...

Thank you Sachin

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