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Thursday, 30 May 2019

Being Gay/Lesbian/bisexual is not a sin- Know Why?



Taiwan made same- sex marriages legal on 24th May 2019, and becomes the first country to do so in Asia. This is a historic decision in entire Asia as many more countries have to join the same legal course. 




Many LGBT community members report of feeling unsafe in their school due to their sexual orientation. With a majority reporting verbal harassment and many also subjected to violence too.


The struggles of LGBT people around the world have been very hard and sadistic. Though several western countries made massive strides in achieving equal rights, there are still many countries where gay marriage is still not recognised, and in some countries homosexual relationships are still punishable by death.


Perhaps the most painful among all reasons is when a gay person is rejected by own family. This is heart breaking to see that lesbians, and gays make up a disproportionately high number of homeless teens. There are various abuse faced by LGBT Community members, and some of them are as follow.


Being LGBT attracts more discrimination


 


In various countries, being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex means living with daily discrimination. In some cases, LGBT people are harassed in the street, beaten up and sometimes killed, simple because who they are.

A spate of violence against trans people has claimed the lives of at least 369 individuals between October 2017 and September 2018.


Suicide among LGBT population is higher

In recent years, suicide risk among LGBT people has become a growing focus of public discussion and concern. 

While some of them visibility has been informed by solid research and facts, other aspects of the discussion have inadvertently contributed to misinformation about suicidal behaviours in LGBT populations, potentially increasing the risk of suicide in vulnerable individuals.


Several studies have also identified a number of factors associated with the higher prevalence of suicidal behaviour in LGBT individuals. These include:

·       Social isolation and low self-esteem, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues, often resulting from or worsened by stigma and discrimination.



·       Experience of prejudice and discrimination, including family rejection, bullying, cyberbullying, harassment and mistreatment.



·       Laws and public policies that encourage stigma and discrimination, as well as the lack of laws and policies that protect against discrimination.


Countries with LGBT strict laws

Brunei has enacted strict new laws that make gay sex punishable by stoning to death.

Brunei has enacted strict new laws that make gay sex punishable by stoning to death, prompting widespread condemnation. However, Brunei is not the only country where people are persecuted of being gay. 

According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) report on state-sponsored homophobia, released in March 2019, six United Nations member states imposed the death penalty on consensual same-sex sexual acts. Brunei now brings that count to seven.

In some of those nations, like Brunei, the sentence is rooted in an interpretation of Islamic Sharia law.

70 UN member states still criminalize same-sex between two consenting adults, the report said.

 In 26 countries of those countries, the penalty varies from 10 years in prison to life.

Southern and east Africa, the middle East and south Asia persist withe most draconian approaches.

Western Europe and the western hemisphere are the most tolerant. 20 other countries have already decriminalised homosexuality. These countries have already led the way, including France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Brazil and Argentina, all of whom had legalised it will before 1900.

In Iran, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, Homosexuality is still punishable by death under sharia law. The same applies in parts of Somalia and northern Nigeria. In two other countries- Syria and Iraq- the death penalty is carried out by non-state actors, including Islamic state.

10 Countries where homosexuality have death penalty

Yemen - According to the 1994 penal code, married men can be sentenced to death by stoning for homosexual intercourse. Unmarried men face whipping or one-year prison. Women face up to seven years in prison.



Iran - In accordance with sharia law, homosexual intercourse between men can be punished by death, and men can be flogged for lesser acts such as kissing. Women may be flogged.



Mauritania- Muslim men engaging in homosexual sex can be stoned to death, according to a 1984 law, though none have been executed so far. Women face prison.



Nigeria- Federal law classifies homosexual behavior as a felony punishable by imprisonment, but several states have adopted sharia law and imposed a death penalty for men. A law signed in early January makes it illegal for gay people countrywide to hold a meeting or form clubs.



Qatar - Sharia law in Qatar applies only to Muslims, who can be put to death for extramarital sex, regardless of sexual orientation.



Saudi Arabia - Under the country’s interpretation of sharia law, a married man engaging in sodomy or any non-Muslim who commits sodomy with a Muslim can be stoned to death. All sex outside of marriage is illegal.



Afghanistan - The Afghan Penal Code does not refer to homosexual acts, but Article 130 of the Constitution allows recourse to be made to sharia law, which prohibits same-sex sexual activity in general. Afghanistan’s sharia law criminalizes same-sex sexual acts with a maximum of the death penalty. No known cases of death sentences have been meted out since the end of Taliban rule in 2001.



Somalia - The penal code stipulates prison, but in some southern regions, Islamic courts have imposed sharia law and the death penalty.



Sudan - Three-time offenders under the sodomy law can be put to death; first and second convictions result in flogging and imprisonment. Southern parts of the country have adopted more lenient laws.



United Arab Emirates - Lawyers in the country and other experts disagree on whether federal law prescribes the death penalty for consensual homosexual sex or only for rape. In a recent Amnesty International report, the organization said it was not aware of any death sentences for homosexual acts. All sexual acts outside of marriage are banned.



Taiwan has become First Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage.



Taiwan have approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, a landmark decision that makes the self-ruled island the first place in Asia to pass gay marriage legislation.



The vote came almost two years later the Islan's constitutional ruled that the existing law, which said marriage was between a man and a woman - was unconstitutional. The panel of judges gave the island's parliament two years to amend or enact new laws.



The Island has a large gay community and its annual gay pride parade is the biggest in Asia, the issue of marriage equality has bitterly divided Taiwanese society.



 In a controversial referendum in November 2019 67% voted to reject same-sex marriage.



In recent months Conservative groups have campaigned against same-sex marriage reform, pushing for a law that would see gay marriage redefined as something closer to sex unions.

Eventually later in the month of May 2019 lawmakers began voting on three draft bills, one tabled by island's cabinet, which ultimately proved successful and two other watered down rival bills tabled by conservative groups.



Taiwan joined how many countries with LGBT rights?


Taiwan has joined 27 other countries legalizing same sex marriage.


Countries which legalized same sex marriage--

Argentina in 2010, Portugal in 2010, Iceland in 2010, Denmark in 2012, Uruguay in 2013, Brazil 2013, New Zealand in 2013, England, wales in 2013, France 2013, Luxembourg in 2014, Scotland in 2014, USA in 2015, Ireland in 2015, Finland in 2015, Colombia in 2016, Malta in 2017, Australia in 2017, Germany in 2017.





Why same - sex marriage should be legalized?



Marriage is defined as the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life. In the definition it says couple, without indication of gender.



In our society gay marriage has always been a hot topic. In past few years legalizing same- sex marriage was out of the question, but as times has changed more liberal politician have gained office to reflect the views of today's society.




LGBT people fight for the right to marry because married couples get more protections and advantage under law and several policies.



same sex marriage should be legalized because it is a human basic right to marry the person whom anyone's love or wants. It is a personal choice, love and sentiments have no definition and it doesn’t see the gender. 



Homophobes may be Hidden Homosexuals?



Homophobes should consider a little self-reflection, suggests a new study finding those individuals who are most hostile toward gays and hold strong anti-gay views may themselves have same-sex desires, albeit undercover ones.



The prejudice of homophobia may also stem from authoritarian parents, particularly those with homophobic views as well.



Sometimes people are threatened by gays and lesbians because they are fearing their own impulses, in a sense they 'doth protest too much,'".



It appears that sometimes those who would oppress others have been oppressed themselves, and we can have some compassion for them too, they may be unaccepting of others because they cannot be accepting of themselves.



Hidden homosexuality


In four studies, the researchers looked at the discrepancies between what people say about their sexual orientation and their implicit sexual orientation based on a reaction-time test. The studies involved college students from Germany and the United States.



For the implicit measure, students had to categorize words and pictures flashed onto a computer screen into "gay" or "straight" groups. Words included "gay," "straight," "homosexual" and "heterosexual," while the pictures showed straight and gay couples.



Before each trial, participants were primed with the word "me" or "others" flashed momentarily onto a computer screen. The researchers said quicker reaction time for "me" and "gay," and a slower association of "me" with "straight" would indicate said an implicit gay orientation.



Myth Related to LGBT



1.     It’s Unnatural to Be LGBT



For lesbians, gay men and bisexual people, it is natural to have sexual attractions and relations with members of one ’ s own gender.



Bisexuals can also be attracted to members of the opposite gender. Some transgendered people consider themselves homosexual or bisexual and others consider themselves heterosexual.



To act on these feelings is natural. Not to act on these feelings would be unnatural, forcing people to hide who they are and causing them great pain. It is the quality of the relationship one is in that is significant, not the gender of one’ s partner.



This myth also comes from the belief that sexual relationships are formed for the procreation of children only. 



In all relationships the decision to have children is complex and needs great consideration. Although many heterosexuals decide to have children, many do not make the same decision or are unable to have children.



 On the other hand, many LGBT people choose to have children or raise children with their partner. Children raised in these families comment that what is most important in a family is being loved and cared for.



2.     Only Lesbians, Gays & Bisexuals are Attracted to People of Their Own Sex



Most adults have deep feelings, attractions and/or fantasies about both sexes. Over time, studies have consistently confirmed that both homosexual and heterosexual people have had a variety of sexual experiences with same gender and opposite gender people.



In addition, a great deal of preadolescent sex play is with others of the same sex, as a part of natural exploration of one’s body and sexuality. Homosexuality is not learned.



If it were, the percentage of LGB people in the population would be far greater. It is impossible to “make someone homosexual.” Homosexual or heterosexual experiences as an adolescent do not determine a person’s sexual orientation later in life.



3.     People Choose to Be Homosexual



Most LGB people feel that they did not choose to be LGB. Rather, they were aware of having same-sex feelings at an early age or else these feelings evolved and solidified in their adolescent or adult years. The choice seems to be whether to live a full and well-balanced life with a same-sex partner, or to suppress their feelings.    



4.     LGBT People Can Be Identified by Certain Mannerisms, Clothing or Physical Characteristics



LGBT people come in as many different shapes, sizes and colours as do heterosexuals. Some LGBT people can be identified by stereotypical mannerisms and characteristics.



However, many heterosexuals also display these same mannerisms and characteristics, such as that of the “tomboy” or the “effeminate” male.



Today, fewer LGBT people feel they must dress to pass in the mainstream community and some LGBT people choose to make a political statement through their appearance.



Some members of different gay and lesbian subcultures or peer groups may mimic and exaggerate specific behaviours.



Because of the lack of open LGBT role models, queer youth sometimes do not know how to “fit in” to the gay community and therefore adopt stereotypical mannerisms thinking that this is the only way to express themselves.



Without a wide general knowledge, queer youth can be powerfully influenced by negative stereotypes.



5.     In a Same-Sex Relationship, One Partner Usually Plays the Masculine Role & the Other One Plays the Feminine Role



Within the heterosexual community, there are all types of relationships and this is true in same-sex relationships. Most same-sex couples work to develop relationships based on the principles of equality and mutuality, where they are loved and appreciated for “who they are”.



Roles are usually based on who likes to do a certain thing and/or who has a talent for doing certain things. It is important that each person’s skills are valued.



 If there is a power imbalance, based on economics, social status, or education, roles may become entrenched.



6.     Most LGB People Could Be Cured by Having Really Good Sex with a Person of the Other Gender



There are no cures as there is no illness. Many LGB people have had heterosexual relationships or experiences.

 


These experiences have not changed their orientation. Bisexuals continue to be attracted to both genders, although they may have had very satisfying relationships with the opposite gender.



Some gays and lesbians will enter a heterosexual relationship, due to societal pressure and in complete denial of their actual sexual orientation. This can cause a great deal of pain and misery for both partners and for the children involved in these families.



7.     LGBT People Do Not Make Good Parents



Research has shown that, except for the fact that the children of a homosexual couple are often concerned about being stigmatized by their peers, they show no higher incidence of emotional disturbance than do children of heterosexual couples. Nor are they confused about their own sexual identity.

 


LGB people come from all kinds of families, as do heterosexuals, and there is no correlation between the sexual orientation of parents and that of their children. The chances of a child being LGB are the same whether they are raised by LGB parents or by heterosexual parents: 7 – 10%.



8.     LGBT Teenagers & Children Do Not Exist



LGB children may not identify themselves, but many LGB adults report having had a sense of difference from other children, from a very early age, as early as 5-12 years old.



Both heterosexual and LGB teens are acutely aware of their sexuality during their secondary school years, but LGB teens are more likely to do so in fear and isolation.



9.     LGBT People Are Predominantly Young, White, & Non-Religious



History shows that LGBT people are found at all ages and in all cultures, ethnic groups and religions. What is significant is that an LGBT person belonging to two or more groups that are considered minorities in our culture will suffer from two or more forms of oppression. Sometimes an LGBT person may be forced to choose between their ethnic culture and their sexual orientation, for allegiance and identification, if the two seen incompatible.

As well, this myth is damaging for those who are outside the described myth. For example, a religious person may feel that they would have to give up their religion to be LGBT. In fact, some religions reject people who are LGBT, but there are many that are very supportive and even celebrate human diversity.



10.  “I Don’t Know Anyone Who Is Gay”

LGBT people are everywhere. With as many as 10% of people in the population being LGB, we all know people who are LGB.

This myth perpetuates the idea that LGB issues need not concern the heterosexual community, because LGBs are “other” or “somewhere else.” In fact, oppression in any form against any minority group is everyone’s business, because it exacts high social costs.











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