Dan Savage responds to a letter from an offended “follower of christ”. This is exactly how I feel, and Savage states it so perfectly.
What these “followers of christ” (as if that had a unified definition) will not accept is that it is normal and natural for some people to have attractions for and fall in love with someone of the same sex. All humans go through adolescence, during which time they will develop their sexual attractions; some of these humans will be attracted to others of the same sex, or both, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop the process.
One cannot stop an adolescent from developing feelings for the same sex, no more than one could stop an adolescent from developing feelings for the opposite sex. Some people just “turn out gay”, and the sooner people accept this fact of reality, the sooner people will stop telling kids that they are worthless garbage despised by their families and (G)od, and the sooner more kids can transition to a well-adjusted adulthood.
I’m sorry your feelings were hurt by my comments.
No, wait. I’m not. Gay kids are dying. So let’s try to keep things in perspective:fuck your feelings.
P.S.: The religious right points to the suicide rate among gay teenagers—which the religious right works so hard to drive up (see above)—as evidence that the gay lifestyle is destructive. It’s like intentionally running someone down with your car and then claiming that it isn’t safe to walk the streets.
Which is why I argued that every gay teen suicide is a victory for the religious right. Because, you see, your side does use those suicides to “perpetuate [your] agenda.” Tony Perkins and all those other oddly effete defenders of “Chrisitian values” and “traditional marriage” will point to this recent spate of gay teen suicides to argue against gay marriage, anti-bullying programs, against allowing gay people to serve in the military—basically, they’ll gleefully use these tragedies to justify what they like to call the “Christian, pro-family agenda.”