I keep hearing the anti-gay bigots go on about the existence of openly gay people in our society, especially on television. They claim that children are “confused” about their sexuality and that seeing us portrayed as normal would turn the them gay.
Let me tell you when I was young and impressionable, I was exposed to all manner of openly heterosexual people on television and in the movies and in print, as well in real life. They did all sorts of things to each other like holding hands, looking at each other lovingly, and even kissing (gasp!). It had no ill effect on me. It didn’t cause me to want to experiment with girls. It didn’t cause me to suddenly turn straight. It didn’t make me confused about who I was and was not attracted to.
Imagine that. All that pro-hetero stimulus bombarding me 24/7 and it didn’t turn me straight. Yet the bigots think that seeing an occasional gay character on TV will turn kids queer. That’s nuts! It makes me want to scream, “I WAS EXPOSED TO HETEROSEXUALITY AS A CHILD AND I SURVIVED!”
Sexuality is an innate and immutable characteristic. We are either hetero or homo or somewhere in between. It’s a very broad spectrum and everyone has a place on it.
What if other innate and immutable characteristics could be changed by merely being exposed to something different. If you put a right-handed kid in a room full of lefties for a day would he suddenly become left-handed? What if you put a blonde-haired kid in a room full of redheads? Would his hair start growing out in a different color? How about putting a blood type AB Positive kid in a room full of type O Negatives? Surely his blood will spontaneously convert. That’s how it works, right? And of course everyone knows if you put a black kid in a room with a bunch of Japanese, he’ll definitely turn Asian by dawn on the third day. It’s a documented fact!
The anti-gay bigots’ arguments are laughable, really. The sad thing is their supporters are just ignorant enough to believe them, and that makes it all very dangerous.