|What is it like growing up and knowing that you are gay? Well, did you read Stranger in a Strange Land? You feel alienated from everyone from the very beginning. Many remember having crushes as early as 3rd grade. Oh, we knew we were not thinking like we were "supposed" to think. We learn the word QUEER very early. Remember the song from South Pacific titled "You've got to be carefully taught"? We are taught from an early age what is acceptable and unacceptable and to hate that which is unacceptable. Queer is unacceptable. And if you are queer, you do the best you can to deny or disclaim any such feelings to yourself and to others. Here is one such experience:|
The life of the average young person who is gay is normally very traumatic. This is because while most teenagers test the waters of independence during these years, most gay teenagers either announce their gayness or they withdraw and get depressed. Many of the ones that tell their parents get thrown out or hijacked to some religious clinic that will supposedly will fix them. Some of the ones that get depressed commit suicide. Some tuck it in and deny, deny, deny. Some marry to avoid the "awful" truth only to find that it just doesn't go away.
Why do you think that you see so much "acting out" from the gay community? Could it be that there is a little hostility about all this abuse? And I mean ABUSE. You betcha!
Now I ask you is this a good thing? Hasn't this gone just far enough? What if there had been no hate for gays? What if it was understood that just like some people are born that are different from the norm in other ways as in unusual blood types some people are gay?
Can we never learn?