JOANNE O'RIORDAN: Sexuality is no reason to pick on others

"I agree with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin saying that religious teachings shouldn't be used in order to discriminate against anyone."

THE word homophobia has been tossed around a lot lately. Whether it’s on the Saturday Night Show or just street talk, people are still unsure what it is.

Well, according to the Oxford dictionary, it is an “extreme and irrational aversion to homosexuality and homosexual people”.

As the Saturday Night Show battled for ages to find that definition I think it’s safe to say we were all a bit confused.

I dislike homophobia or attacks on gays or lesbians or anyone else who feels or acts differently. If you’re a boy and you like boys, then that’s fine, if you’re a girl and you like girls, I’m perfectly fine with that, too. To me love is love. In fact, any people I know think it’s cool to have a gay best friend. We usually see them portrayed in movies as the cool, fun-loving, fashionable guy, and to be honest, who doesn’t want that around?

I think it is disgusting when people attack others just because of their sexuality. We shouldn’t be making people afraid to come out and be who they are, without judging them. It’s awful to hear stories where people get spat at, punched, verbally abused just because they seem or act differently.

If there are any gay/lesbian/bisexual people reading this I say to you, stand up for yourself, get that right to get married

I agree with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin saying that religious teachings shouldn’t be used in order to discriminate against anyone. It’s sad that a religion that has the commandment ‘treat your neighbour as you yourself would like to be treated’ should be used against people.

However, to use God’s teachings to discriminate against people, well, would God and Jesus really be proud of that?

I can understand people saying they’re uncomfortable at the thought of two men kissing. I mean, when I’m out in a club and people are kissing near me, I awkwardly dance away, it’s the way we’re built.

I believe that now is the time for civil partnership to be accepted,.

I like the way Paul Newman put it: “I’m a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community.

“There are so many qualities that make up a human being ... by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.”


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