That’s a great question doubling as the caption, don’t you think? What’s wrong with being gay? It’s just like asking me why I choose to sleep throughout the day and get active and do all my work at night instead. I’ll tell you this though, a few years ago, I was just like many people out there. I couldn’t even harbour the thought or bring myself to think of a reason or just understand why in the devil’s name a male would be attracted to or romantically/ sexually involved with another man. I mean, it just did not make any sense. I admit, I was myopic, shallow minded, and I didn’t know much about the world then. I know better now(though I still learn and unlearn things everyday).
Before I proceed, I’ll make this fact known: Gay people have existed for a long time. Even as far back as the 10th century, there were men attracted to men, and women attracted to women. They also suffered much scorn and retribution as gay people of contemporary times do.
I’ll give you some hard evidence to chew on right now: During World War II, two gay lovers exchanged a series of letters between each other. They knew that their love was “forbidden” and that the world was not ready to accept it.
“To me, our love is so great that I feel it cannot exist without all the world being aware of it”. WW2 saw many lovers exchanging letters including Gordon and Gilbert who fell in love shortly before the war began and Gilbert joined the Army. It’s now been 20 years since the UK Government lifted the ban on gay and bisexual people serving in the Armed Forces. Gordon and Gilbert had to keep their relationship secret so we are proud that today the LGBTQ+ community is accepted within the Armed Forces and recognised for their outstanding contributions. Find out more about Gordon and Gilbert’s story and how the ban on their relationship impacted them here: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/the-secret-ww2-love-letters-between-two-men
Another interesting fact that will interest you is that same sex relationships among several animal species do exist and are very normal. Take a look at this scientific study that was carried out over two decades ago:
In 1995, zoologist Konrad Lorenz published a study in which he studied the behaviour of 1,500 animal species. He observed that 450 of these exhibited sexual intercourse, courtship, emotional bonds, partnership and even child-rearing behaviour between homosexual individuals. From primates to intestinal parasites.
A decade later, a study conducted by Dr. Nathan Bailey at the University of California, published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution, confirmed that examples of sexual behaviour between same-sex individuals could be found in all species of the animal kingdom.
These behaviours were different for each species, but in most cases they were an advantageous, evolutionary mechanism. For example, in the case of dolphins, males use sex to bond with other males and form alliances. In other species, such as fruit flies and insects in general, homosexuality occurs because of their inability to differentiate between sexes.
From this research study, we can emphatically state these findings:
1. Same sex relationship or intercourse among animal species is normal.
2. The relationship is not only sexual, but for companionship and collective evolution.
3. You don’t find animals bitchin’ about being gay and persecuting one another about gayness, and this is probably because they don’t have complicated and misleading religious, societal and political systems controlling them.
Enough about the past and animals. Let’s get real now. Let’s talk about humans in relation to this matter.