Thursday, 24 October 2013

Out There

From here

I absolutely adore this man. And I now adore him even more having watched his two-part documentary 'Out There' last week. If you haven't already watched it you are definitely missing out but hopefully it is still on iplayer!

The documentary sees Stephen Fry travel to a range of different countries in attempt to try and find out why people can be so homophobic and what life is like for homosexuals around the world. It was at times incredibly sad and at others simply wonderful to watch. I hugely admire Stephen Fry for doing this, for listening to heartbreaking stories and trying to make a desperately-needed change.

I have never been able to understand homophobic people. I personally believe there is absolutely no reason to be against anyone legally being with the person they love, whether that is a male or female person. It is not doing anybody any harm, in fact the main argument many of the outrageously homophobic people Stephen met was that 'gays are trying to recruit straights'. Even the notion of that is ludicrous to me, of course gay people are not recruiting others to be gay as well, they simply want to be allowed to be with a person of the same sex. In a modern world where we have so many rights it astounds me that allowing a person to be with whom they love is not one in many parts of our world.

Many Christians argue that the Bible says that being gay is wrong and use that as their argument for being homophobic. I don't write about it on here all that much but I am a Christian and I am not in the slightest against people being gay. This is because I don't understand why someone would want to believe in a God who does not want people to be who they are, I personally believe that he does because he made us.

There was a real story in the documentary of what happened to a girl who Stephen spoke with; she is a lesbian and when men found this out she was raped and contracted AIDs, a disease that is often associated with homosexuality. The man claimed that she was only lesbian because she hadn't experienced being with a man. This absolutely disgusts me and I pray that these cases will cease to exist.

Interestingly it often crosses my mind that no-one ever truly questions someone being heterosexual, the idea is seen as ridiculous because it is what we naturally expect. But when homosexual people come out I have regularly heard parents or people saying that they should wait and see because they might change their mind. But surely when you know, you know. Just in the same way that when I was six years old I had my first crush on a boy, one of my best friends also had his on a boy. And he described that to me as him just knowing, in the same way that I just know, that I like boys.

I don't believe that being gay is something to be questioned or criticised, it is something which should immediately be accepted because it doesn't make anybody a different person to whom they were before you knew. I hope that one day our world will think of homophobes in the same way as we now think of racists; in disgust and confusion as to how it was ever acceptable.

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