Ignorance, not homosexuality, is the problem
I continue to be amused at the lack of ignorance being spewed in the name of religion against homosexuality. In particular, I wish to refer to a letter published in the Monday Express titled: "Why should we legalise a problem?"
In this letter, the writer referred to several social ills and contends that "discrimination, sexual abuse, bullying and other wrongs have caused individuals to find solace in the homosexual community". It implies that the persons become members of this community are victims of discrimination, sexual abuse and bullying. As recent as 2000, the American Psychiatric Association noted that "no specific psycho-social or family dynamic cause for homosexuality has been identified.
Too many excuses have made in the name of religion and the law. Our colonial and archaic laws, which have since been abolished by our former colonial master, continue to create and perpetuate a culture of shame and secrecy illegitimatising consensual adult sexual behaviour. Many homosexuals continue to be victimised by their families, their communities, schools, workplaces and even their places of worship on the basis of their sexual orientation. Some have become victims to HIV and AIDS refusing to access treatment and care because of the fear of discrimination.
Homosexuals have existed for centuries. We are more than just our attraction for the same sex.
In closing, I agree with the writer that we need to "work towards a healthier, safer more civil society" and, might I add, one in which every creed (including homosexuals) and race find an equal place. My friend, ignorance (not homosexuality) is the problem.