08th May2017

LGBTIAQ+

by admin

One Community One Love

Being ignorant can leave you confused once you wake up and realise what is going on around you. Ignorance can make you resist change and you end up being aggressive. What makes me say these words is because I feel that a lot of people in the heterosexual community are being ignorant about the LBTIAQ+ community. This leads to gay bashing, so called ‘corrective rape’ and all of the discriminative actions that is against the members of the homosexual community.

The words gay and lesbian have both been misused and misinterpreted. Whenever a ‘straight’ person tries to identify a homosexual person, the words come up and I sometimes wonder if the person using the words understands what they mean, what kind of power is linked to them, and how the wrong use of the words can lead to a lot of bad consequences. Looking at the title of this article one would ask ‘ him’ or ‘herself’ what each letter stand for and why there is an addition sign at the end but what is important is what each letter means . My aim is not to try and explain what a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersexual, Asexual, Queer and other sexual orientations and gender are but to give you an overview of what one can expect when encountering a member who identifies as such. My hope is that once I have given you this overview you will go out and do your own research because my overview is not enough for one to depend on.

A Lesbian is a woman who is sexually attracted to women. Please note that not all Lesbian people dress, walk or talk like boys. There are different people who identify as Lesbian but do not embody a masculine persona in public.  A Gay person is a man who is sexually attracted to other men. Not all Gay people are loud and flamboyant. Not all Gay people speak, dress or walk like girls. There are different people who identify as Gay but do not embody a girly appearance. A Bisexual person is someone who is sexually attracted to both men and women. People who identify as Bisexual are not greedy; they are just attracted to both sexes. They do not demonstrate any stereotypes whatsoever and are just like any ‘straight’ person in appearance. A Transgender person is a person whose gender identity, expression or behaviour is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth. I know this sounds confusing but do not panic, that is how it is. Transgender people can wear anyway they decide to and date any gender they desire. In appearance they can look confusing but as I said do not panic just act normal, they are also HUMAN! The following I am just going to try and explain what they mean because there is much that goes along with them and I would not want to say things which might mislead some people. An Intersexual person is a person who is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not fit with the typical female or male definitions. An Asexual person is a person who does not experience sexual attraction. A Queer person is a person who wishes to not categorise their sex, sexuality or gender.

I hope, after reading this article, some people develop a sense of understanding of the different people who live in our communities. I hope my words did not offend anyone or give a wrong notion of any group of members in the LGBTIAQ+ community. I was simply trying to explain to the ‘straight’ community and those that are ignorant about what is going on within their different communities. For more information I suggest that you should do your own research by looking up on the internet or approaching people of the community.

Remember, THIS IS SOUTH AFRICA!!!

 

27th Mar2017

Society and the “GayZ”

by admin

 

It is very amazing how Christians react to PEOPLE in the LGBTIAQ+ community. For those who do not understand what LGBTIAQ+ stands for, let me teach you. It stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexual, asexual, queer and other sexual orientations and gender identities but I will get more into detail on those in upcoming editions (Wits Pride).

 

There is a scripture in the bible that reads “Thou shalt not judge”, but what we encounter is the script being ignored by those who call themselves the ‘superior Christians’. I am not against Christianity, but I am against false practice of Christianity. I have realised that a lot of PEOPLE in the LGBTIAQ+ community do not attend church. This is not because they do not want to. Rather it is because of the Christian society that judges their sexuality.

 

Although it is a sin to have same sex marriage, it is equally a sin to judge. When the society judges an LGBTIAQ+ member, they quote the infamous Sodom and Gomorrah. They may think they are spreading the word (which is true) but they are also destroying the kingdom of the Almighty. They forget that they too did not just wake up and decide to be male or female. If you now anyone who is a member of the LGBTIAQ+ but does not identify as such, I am sure you understand what I’m talking about. LGBTIAQ+ people did not just wake up and decide to be different. Some were born gay, lesbian and all that but some were forced by uncontrollable and uncomfortable situations to identify as members of the LGBTIAQ+ community.

 

A good example of what I mean is thus follows. A boy who cannot be named was living with his uncle in the rural areas. The boy hand an androgynous look. The uncle was the bread winner. Because of his being the head of the household, culturally whatever he said was to be obeyed, even though it seemed wrong. The uncle (who was unmarried) started raping the boy every day. The boy got used to the way things were because he had nowhere to go. This gave him the thought that that is the way things are. The rape lasted until grade six and the boy started dating other boys. The story is an extreme case. Most of the time, members of the LGBTIAQ+ community do not have to go through extreme trauma to become members of the community. I know some many criticize the situation but you just have to put yourself in the boy’s shoes. What would you have done? I know he had a choice to run away but where was he going to run to ‘Ezilaleni’ (in the rural areas)? What was he going to eat? Even if he tried telling, no one would believe him because culture rules.

 

It is hard living life where people around you are always questioning and judging the way you live. Being a member of the LGBTIAQ+ community is not wrong but using the word of God to dehumanise other people is wrong. What I am just trying to say is that people in the LGBTIAQ+ community are also human. Love thy neighbour like you love yourself I remind you. If you have a problem with LGBTIAQ+ people you will just have to keep it to yourself. I am just saying! This is South Africa so keep calm and allow yourself to become part of the true Rainbow Nation.

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