I Google the word phobia today: A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation the affected person will go to great lengths to avoid, typically disproportional to the actual danger posed.
Being ignorant and hateful against the LGBT community isn’t a phobia. Someone being Gay doesn’t pose any danger to you. The hate and ignorance being spread by narrow-minded people are what is dangerous. Homosexuality does not pose any danger to you but young teenagers are committing suicide because they cannot cope with their sexuality. If it was a choice do you think people would choose to hate themselves so much they would rather take their own life then be attracted to another man or women?
Hate is taught. When a child is born, it is born free from societies ills. We are the teachers of hate. We can also be the teachers of love and understanding and community.
What has happened in Orlando is a horrific and hateful crime from a mentally unstable person who was full of hate. He hated other humans for being chemically attracted to people of the same sex. He hated other humans for loving. Being Gay isn’t a choice but being hateful and ignorant towards others is. He took the lives of sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, friends and partners. Regardless of their sexuality, they were people.
Humans are not the only species that engage in same-sex activates or pairings. As an example; there are nearly 130 bird species that have been observed in same-sex partnering. We did not create or invent homosexuality but we did create the hate and disgust that goes along with it.
Our history has created this hate and fear, let our future tell a different story.
Let us stand up like Soho did in London yesterday evening.
Regardless of your sexuality stand up to support your fellow humans. I a straight women proudly stand up with the LGBT community in their fight and right for equality. To them being safe to walk down a street without the fear of being physically or verbally attacked or killed for just being.
(Not letting dyslexia stop me)