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Some thoughts: Even if, hypothetically, gender identity and sexuality were COMPLETELY optional, or "choices"... Would the cause of equal rights for all gender identities and sexualities be logically undermined in any significant way? If
Some thoughts: Even if, hypothetically, gender identity and sexuality were COMPLETELY optional, or "choices"... Would the cause of equal rights for all gender identities and sexualities be logically undermined in any significant way? If someone has chosen to act, dress, have sex, or generally just live their life peacefully in a non-normative way, does society have the right to condemn them if there are not any real negative societal effects stemming from the core of their choices? Why is the majority on the pro-LGBT side shouting "Born this way!" and the anti-LGBT side shouting "It's unnatural!"? How is the "natural/unnatural" argument at all relevant in the context of whether or not to treat all people equally?
It should be noted any chance of sexuality and/or gender identity being a choice have been rather thoroughly scientifically ruled out at this point. This is a hypothetical situation meant to stir up some thoughts and civil debate. What do you all think?
I think that everyone is so concerned with what -everyone- else is doing, that they just don't seem to care if it doesn't effect them or hurt them in anyway. I'm gay, and happy to be so, but I know that when I get the speech about how "If you are gay, that's okay, but why do I have to act on it?" or something about human nature, I always want to reply with. "Why is this so damn important?"
To be honest I think that sexuality and gender are stupid things for people to stick their noses into, especially when it has nothing to do with you. It seems to me, that when society is brought up to believe something is wrong, they are most likely going to reject it, even if they know it's not hurting anyone. Sadly that seems to be how most people think. However, it's thoughts like yours, and 'blogs' like this, that give people the chance to step back and think "...huh... why is it a big deal." And that is what is going to make a difference in this world.