LGBTTTQQIAA: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transexual, Two-spirited, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally.
Personally, I prefer to use the full thing so as not to exclude anyone. My own sexuality is not included in it, but I will acknowledge that it is not a commonly known sexuality.
If you haven't noticed, most of my current rants have been on controversial topics; slut-shaming, body image in general, male attitudes towards females, etc etc. So if you've been paying attention, there are two rants that you should have been able to predict. This is one of them.
Now, I have always been on the opinion that government and religion should be kept separate; after all, in a Christian-run country, not everyone is going to be Christian, so there will always be controversy.
That's how the world is today.
I live in Ireland, which is a Catholic country. And government and religion are very much integrated here. Hence, guess what's illegal?
Or, as I like to call it, MARRIAGE! :D
Because it's the SAME Fâ™¥CKING THING! :D
Now I am pansexual, and if you wish to simplify things for yourselves so that you can use as little brainpower as possible, pansexual is like bisexual. If you want to make things easier for yourself, just pretend that pansexual says bisexual and move on.
Otherwise, here is your explanation: bi is Latin for two, therefore if you're bisexual you like two genders. Pan is Latin for all, therefore if you're pansexual you like all genders. Got it?
Back to the point.
I am pansexual. If I end up with a girl, who I want to marry; not in your "holy" way of what is technically called "matrimony," but in the general term of marriage; I'm not allowed to.
A lot of Christians argue this point by saying that homosexuals "ruin the holy sanctity of marriage." But the fact is, Christians didn't invent marriage; marriage has been around for thousands upon thousands of years and is essentially a contract binding two families together, in the way a contract could bind two businesses together. The whole walking-down-the-aisle, big-white-dress tradition; that's the Christian part of it. Marriage itself? Not Christian.
I was told extremely recently, on this very website, that I couldn't possibly marry a woman, because it would be morally wrong. To quote directly:
"We are just morally right and have standards. Sorry if we don't support homosexual crap, like you do."
Did you hear that, everybody? Apparently, I have no standards! And why is that, my friends? Because I might actually dare to like a fellow woman. Gasp! Shock! Horror! How dare I like a fellow woman! How dare I appreciate beauty when I see it! Clearly, I shall descend into the deepest recesses of hell and burn for all eternity because I think women are pretty damn fine.
I am no longer a Catholic, and part of that is because of some remarks people in my church made, which caused me to realise that I don't want to be a part of something that makes me hate what I feel. But I still remember Christianity. I still remember how it worked. And as far as I could always tell, the main message was that God loves all his children.
Why are you pushing homosexuals out of that category?
Why are you pushing the entire LGBT(TTQQIAA) community out of that category?
You people are quoting a book written two thousand years ago. And the most commonly used?
Leviticus, from the Old Testament.
Now in the New Testament, when Jesus came down to save us from hell and died on the cross for our sins and all that; he abolished the old law, ie. the Old Testament.
All of it.
All those rules? Poof. Gone. Don't count anymore.
And if you're going to pick this one thing and say "well he didn't mean this one, this one still counts because we like this one;" by all common sense, you'd have to let the rest of them still apply as well.
According to Leviticus, you're not allowed to cut your beard. You can't wear two different materials at once. You can't harvest the corners of your fields. I could go on. And yet, you chose to pick out this one specific rule about homosexuals, because it's convenient for you.
A woman married the Eiffel Tower.
I repeat; a woman married the Eiffel. Tower.
A woman married a building, and you're worried because some people want to marry other humans who just so happen to be of the same gender?
Now how do you justify that?
I've had Christians pick out a verse or two from the New Testament to suit their arguments, but there are still problems with that.
First of all, you're showing me an example of the Bible contradicting itself. To be honest, that kinda makes me less convinced that it could possibly be right.
Second of all, the original text of the New Testament actually referred to male prostitution, molestation, and promiscuity.
And more importantly; I don't actually care if the Bible says it's wrong, because I don't follow the Bible anyway. Which is a pretty clear example of why you can't use your holy book as an excuse for making things illegal. You can't do that, because not everyone believes in it anyway. That's like me saying that you can't buy food because my imaginary friend thinks it's morally wrong. You don't think my imaginary friend exists, but I do, so I'm stopping you from doing something. I don't think God exists, but you do, so you're stopping me from doing something. Do you see my point? I'm trying to stay calm here, but this is a really personal matter for me, so it's hard.
Rev. Al Sharpton said "There is something immoral and sick about using all of that power not to end brutality and poverty, but to break into people's bedrooms and claim that God sent you."
You have no idea how right this is.
Someone once asked me why I supported abortion when I didn't want kids anyway, so it could hardly matter to me.
I replied by asking why do you outlaw gay marriage when you're not getting married to someone of the same gender, so it could hardly matter to you either.
You can't interfere with people's lives and then say it's because you don't want them to go to Hell. If I go to Hell, you can all gloat amongst yourselves in Heaven about how I should have listened; but please don't try to "save" me. I know you're trying to do what you think is a good thing, but it makes me miserable. And if you keep it up, you'll make me hate who I am.
Our own Pope, when asked for his opinion on gay marriage, stated "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"
And he's also said that he doesn't mind people being atheists as long as they're good people.
Christians, I beg of you; follow the example of your Pope. He is a good man with good intentions.
Saying that "gay marriage offends you" is like sitting in a restaurant and hearing someone else order a cake, and then calling the waiter and cancelling the other person's cake. It doesn't make any logical sense.
There are over 32,000 verses in the Bible. Only five of these directly mention homosexuality.
The Qur'an directly mentions homosexuality once.
Jesus never said a single word about homosexuality.
In the Bible, David and Jonathan had a formal same-sex union.
While Leviticus says that gays should be stoned to death, nowhere in the Bible is the marriage of two men or two women forbidden.
Very few sacred texts even mention homosexuality.
Hindu and other far eastern sacred texts don't condemn homosexuality.
Over 1500 species of animal practice homosexuality; therefore you cannot make the argument that it is "unnatural."
I understand that you have a right to an opinion and all that, but they're not "your personal views" anymore when you're inflicting them upon someone else. Marriage is a civil ceremony. That makes it a civil right that I have, and the fact that it's being taken away from me by a church that I'm not even a member of is mind-controlling and frightening. I was born pansexual. You were taught religion.
I'm not trying to make you pro-gay. But I just want to try to make you realise that just because you don't like it doesn't mean that it's wrong or unnatural. It's not. Be honest with yourself, please.
Jesus said not to judge, right? Well, that includes you judging a member of the LGBT(TTQQIAA) community.