On June 1, 2014, the gay marriage law took effect in Illinois. Despite how common it is today, people still have a hard time accepting homosexuals.
Some people think being gay, lesbian or bisexual is an illness, and these types of people need to be cured. Not all people are judged on a daily basis.
For example, at Tilden Career Community Academy, gay boys appear to be judged more harshly than gay girls are. I honestly don’t see why because if you’re gay, you’re just gay, regardless of your gender.
I want to understand why people see gender as a problem when it comes to being gay, so I did two interviews.
My first interview was with Shontion.
Me: What’s your perspective on homosexuals?
Shontion: I don’t like them.
Me: Do you hate all homosexuals?
Shontion: Well, I don’t hate them. I just dislike them, but not all homosexuals. Only gay girls?
Me: Why do you judge them based on their gender?
Shontion: I like gay boys because they’re fun to be around and have a good sense of humor. I don’t like gay girls because I’m scared that they may be attracted to me, and I am not attracted to females, so I might react in a negative way.
Me: Are you homophobic to girls because your afraid you might like them?
Shontion : No, I’m not attracted to females at all. Being gay is a sin, and I don’t want to go to hell. Plus I don’t understand how could you be attracted to your own sex anyway.
Me: Do you think you’ll ever be able to accept gay girls or befriend them?
Shontion: Maybe, because I always think of gay girls being attracted to me and because I know how bad I could react to them. I’d rather just not get to close to them. But if I had a friend that became gay in the midst of our friendship, I would continue to befriend her because she would already be aware of me not being attracted to girls.
Me: Thanks Shontion. Your perspective on things got me listening
My second interview was with Daniel.
Me: What’s your perspective of homosexuals?
Daniel: I don’t have nothing against a boy being gay as long as he doesn’t try to come onto me. I also don’t have nothing against gay women. I actually like women that like women.
Me: Are you homophobic to boys because you might be afraid of being gay?
Daniel : No. I will never be attracted to boys.
Me: Do you think you’ll ever be able to befriend a gay male?
Daniel : I’m not sure. Because from the past, gay people I met, they tried to come on to me.
Me: Well, thank you Daniel for your time
In conclusion, I don’t feel that you should judge people because they’re gay no matter what the gender is. I believe God made all people just the way they are for a reason . I think that if people who are homophobic actually sit down and talk to a homosexual, they would actually like them.
But until then, I will continue to like gays, bisexuals and lesbians for who they are no matter what their gender.