Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hate the Crime?

Here's a brief quote from a post on a messageboard:

For those people who do hate crimes against homosexuals, shame on you!

And here's my reply:

Of course. But it's more subtle than that.

Beating a person up because he's different is a shameful and despicable way to behave, I hope we can all agree. (I did see one poster here suggest that gay couples who dare to show any degree of affection in public are asking to be attacked, but he's a nutcase I hope no one takes seriously. Anyway, I haven't seen him around recently. He must have gone Elsewhere.)

But there's another part to it. I grew up in a strongly religious household (my family are Witnesses). And I believed it myself. Being academically inclined, and reasonably intelligent, I enjoyed learning the intricacies of the abstruse theology of the religion. There are bits now I understand better than some of the elders in the congregation. (Would you like me to explain the concept of the prophetic year of 360 days?)

But through it all, from my very early teens (perhaps even before), I had to hide a large chunk of myself. I had to hide it from my friends, from my family, and also from myself. Adolescence is perhaps always confusing, but mine, spent refusing to think about what should have been the delightful discovery of my awakening sexuality, was probably more confused than most. Melikio once wrote that he lost a large part of his childhood. I can sympathise.

I remember my mother and my little sister once discussing a cute guy together. They wouldn't usually do that, but this one was safe. They wouldn't be seeing him again. He played the Genie of the Lamp in a proper traditional version of Aladdin in Kent. Gorgeous, he was. All I could safely say was that he seemed to be enjoying himself: he did have a big grin.

All I could safely say? All I could safely think! As if hiding it from others wasn't enough, I hid myself from myself for far too long. Finally facing up to it was such a huge relief.

Your very words, spoken with the voice of authority, may condemn young people, perhaps your own children, to a broken and shattered life. The suicide rate among homosexual adolescents is by all accounts frighteningly high, though proper statistics are of course hard to come by. And it's not hate crimes that causes that.

The doctrine that homosexuality itself is a sin is a pernicious evil. Do not allow it to be perpetrated. It causes too much misery.

For a believing teen, the thought of a lonely life ahead is burden enough, without that extra load. (Matthew 23:4.)

5 Comments:

Anonymous Reyville of Simply Manila said...

Heya, THANKS for always dropping by. U're very insightful.

Thursday, 27 November, 2008  
Blogger The boy with the green tambourine said...

Thanks.

And I enjoy your blog too.

T.

Wednesday, 03 December, 2008  
Anonymous Reyville of Simply Manila said...

goog catching up. :)

Thursday, 12 February, 2009  
Blogger Reyville of Simply Manila said...

I'm so glad I've been missed. Thank you so much and I hope we'll see each other soon. Thank you again. Hugs and kisses. :)

Saturday, 04 July, 2009  
Blogger TRiG said...

Any further comments should be sent to my new blog.

TRiG / The boy with the green tambourine.

Sunday, 16 October, 2011  

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