Am I Homophobic?
Would it be homophobic to:
- Use the term 'homosexual' and 'heterosexual' rather than the terms 'gay' and 'straight'?
- Point out that the percentage of homosexuals in the UK as a whole (about 2%) is much less than the percentage of media coverage they command and receive?
- Suggest that transgender is fundamentally different from homosexuality? Who I am rather than whom I can sex with? The rest of this page is not about T but only about LGB?
- Ask whether whom one is attracted to does not constitute the primary identity of a person, but that identity is constituted in much more?
- Differentiate homosexualism from homosexuality? Homosexualism is an ideology, a held belief that homosexual (gay/lesbian) activity and identity are to be promoted? Homosexualism is held by many who are heterosexual (straight).
- Suggest that moral free choice versus determined by nature are not the only options for causes of sexual orientation? Is there not also societal beliefs and community pressures, and also the context and attitude in which we lived our formative years - such as single-sex schools and armies?
- To suggest that it may be upbringing has an influence on how people feel about their sexuality, especially single-sex schooling, and single-sex macho environments like the armed forces.
- To suggest that the the cultural context of Western society, especially as filtered through the media and entertainment industry, has an influence.
- Suggest that homosexualism exacerbates rather than critiques the over-sexualization of life and society?
- Suggest that not all intimacy is sexual? So intimacy between men or between women is not a sign of homosexual tendencies?
- Suggest that feelings of kindness, compassion, gentleness, etc. are not always signs of a homosexual disposition or nature.
- To suggest that the feelings that adolescents have for the same sex are not necessarily signs of a prefixed homosexual nature.
- Point out that there is no compelling evidence of a homosexual gene? The jury is still out on this. To call for good quality research on this, especially sociological.
- Ask how much and what kind of research has been done to explore why people become homosexual?
- Ask whether we really have taken all possible causes into account? Call for research especially in sociology.
- Suggest that the claim that sexual orientation is fixed before birth is more maintained as a dogma rather than confirmed as scientific fact? That this needs to be explored?
- Suggest that homosexualism has hegemony now, especially in the media. To suggest that homosexualists have dominance in Western society? A stranglehold on the discourse about the issue, in the agora, the public square, e.g. the BBC has much more than a representative sample of homosexual and homosexualist presenters, etc. because they have a stranglehold on the thinking media?
- Ask whether it is a coincidence that 15 of the 19 contenders for 'Woman of the Year' in she.wired.com for 2016, are from the entertainment industry, as actresses, singers, producers, etc. And ask what is the seeming correlation between LGBT and entertainment.
- Suggest that homosexualists gained dominance not by good argument but by shouting down or ridiculing any who oppose them?
- Suggest that Western society (media, entertainment industry) silences any view other than the homosexualist one? So good debate cannot occur - and has never occurred.
- Suggest that the homosexualist agenda is a Western affluent phenomenon that seeks to dominate non-Western cultures without sensitivity, and with an assumed superiority, which sees the other cultures as backward and sees themselves as progressive (and therefore good by definition).
- To suggest that it was mischievous of Western leaders, and over-the-top, to work against the Russian law against promotion of homosexuality to minors at the Winter Olympics of 2014. And to recognise the part this played in unnecessarily alienating the Russian leadership before the events in Ukraine.
- To suggest that African Christians and Middle-East Muslims and Indian Hindus and others should be listened to carefully about their objection to homosexuality, and not seek to merely silence and ignore them. To suggest that it is commensurate with liberal principles to allow and genuinely listen to such a variety of views from their own point of view.
- Suggest that it is curious that the 'progressives', who used to be keen on accepting and understanding non-Western cultures, are now trying to suppress non-Western views on the issue of homosexuality?
- Admit that I am dead scared of the homosexualists? And of the homosexualism that pervades the Western media. So it has taken much courage and several years to 'come out' and put this together. And whether this should be the case?
- Ask whether the homosexualist community tend to label all those who are not in it, or those like me who raise questions, as homophobic.
- Ask whether the homosexualist and homosexual communities have truly faced up to all the questions about which I have asked above. And whether those whom they consider homophobic have truly faced up to them too.
Andrew Basden takes responsibility for hosting this. Because he believes that many of these point to the need for good research.
He sometimes hosts material from other people, and Andrew is not going to say who the source the above material is. They are not yet ready to 'come out', but they do want discussion and debate.
Created: 17 August 2014.
Last updated: Minor changes to wording 10 January 2016. 17 January 2016 added she.wired. 6 August 2017 Minor wording corrections and clarifications, slight restructuring, bold on keywords to help readers pick issues out. 17 March 2018 a couple of corrections.