|To the Editor: Man criticizes letter writer's comments re: homosexualtiy|
|Written by Marvin Antesky|
|Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:24|
I am writing in regards to a letter written by Terry Smith on Aug. 1.
He discussed his frustration with the current state of our world and how the weather, etc. are "signs" from God.
While I respectfully agree with Mr. Smith that the terrors of war and general lack of "any" type of faith is sadly lacking, his comments concerning homosexuality were careless and irresponsible.
Homosexuality is "not" a choice! The American Psychiatric Association declassified it as a mental disorder in 1973. Several decades of research and clinical experience have led mainstream medical organizations to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience.
Misquote the Bible and put your pre-conceived bias on it all you want- your ignorance has social and personal impacts!
Continued ignorance may also have negative consequences, especially in the alarming trend of LGBT youth suicides over the past three years. Where these incidences occur, they are associated with experiences of verbal bias in their environments. Vocal support from important people in the teen's life can provide a very helpful counterpart. Youth need caring and support, appropriately high expectations, and the encouragement to participate actively with peers. They need a sense of autonomy and purpose, to excitedly look toward a promising future.
What they do not need is fear created by ignorance and misinformation.
While I agree with yearnings to go back to a simpler time of "the good 'ole days", I am also wise enough to know that as Christians, we are all equal and we were all taught to love.
Pay it forward. Ask your local school districts about a Gay/Straight Alliance, volunteer at a suicide prevention hotline, go to a P-Flag meeting, or simply offer a friendly handshake and introduce yourself to a lesbian, gay or bisexual person and "walk a mile in their shoes" before you condemn their behavior.
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