Unless you have been living under a rock, chances are, you would have heard of LGBT before. But what exactly does LGBT represent?
So what is this new term “LGBTQIA”?
Basically, Q is for ‘queer’, I is ‘intersex’ and A is ‘asexual’.
(Personally, I think that “IA” is redundant, since queer covers intersexes and asexuals too).
LG – Lesbians and Gays
Homosexuality is gaining more and more acceptance in today’s society, as the ban on same-sex marriage is slowly lifting country by country, state by state. Unfortunately, a lot of countries like Singapore still, by law, oppose same-sex marriage. Yet, in my opinion, Singapore’s society is rather accepting of homosexuals.
Do homosexuals “choose” to be the way they are? No, they do not.
Having a liking for a different sex is just like having a liking for a different colour; there is no right or wrong favourite colour, now is there? And you can’t choose whether you like a colour or not; you just do or don’t like it.
B – Bisexuals
Bisexuality, like homosexuality, is slowly getting more acceptance in today’s society as well. However, I have heard many lesbians and gays calling bisexuals “fakes” or “greedy”. Again, I refer to the favourite-colour metaphor – is it possible to like two different colours equally? Yes. It’s not being “greedy”, and you’re not pretending to like two colours just to be different or special.
TQIA – Transexuals and Queers
Transsexuality is, in fact, a neurological congenital birth defect known as The Harry Benjamin Syndrome. This means that transsexuals were born that way, and they don’t have a choice. So how can you shun or mock someone because he/she was born with a syndrome? It would be extremely childish and insensitive of you to do so.
Queer is an umbrella term for those who do not adhere to sexual norms (basically every and any other sexuality). Thanks to society’s misuse of the term, “queer” has a rather derogatory feel to it, although it is nothing to be ashamed of, and it definitely shouldn’t be used against someone.
LGBT and the Bible
However, there will always be the more religious and “conservative” people who think that homosexuality is wrong; they do not realise that, at the end of the day, homosexuals are people nonetheless. I cannot speak for other religions, but I know that in Christianity, the Bible states homosexuality as an abomination, but that does not mean that homosexuals should be shunned.
If homosexuals should be shunned because they are “sinners”, then shouldn’t YOU be shunned by Jesus because you’re a sinner too? Nobody is free of “sin” in any religion. Homosexuals don’t go to hell either (at least according to the Bible). The Bible states nothing about homosexuals going to hell.
As for transsexuals, I quote the bible:
“For thus says the Lord: to the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast to my covenant, I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument better than sons and daughters, I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.”
Isaiah 56 4:5
You see? The Bible clearly states that the Lord will not turn transsexuals away, and will not be biased against them.
I end my rather lengthy post here, hoping that I have cleared up some misconceptions about LGBTQ.