LGBT Pride or the The LGBT rights movement started in 1969 with great uproar, but has since evolved into something beautiful, joyous and celebratory.Let me start by explaining the meaning of LGBT. LGBT, or GLBT, is in fact an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which was used to replace the term gay in reference to the LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s.
I, like the great majority, have a cordial treatment with any human being. At no time do I consider labeling, classifying and much less discriminating against my fellow human beings. I invite you all to respect deeply any political, religious, ideological, artistic, sexual tendency …
Unfortunately the simple act of expressing an opinion can get you in big trouble and sometimes in death in several countries of the world. Fortunately for me I live in a country where nothing prevents me from communicating and discuss my points of view in all naturalness and safeness.
LGBT People & Religion
No one doubts that religious beliefs are important for a large number of people. These influence how we understand ourselves, others and the universe. Religions have the potential to generate harmony, peace, serenity and gratitude. But they also have the capacity to foster prejudice, fanaticism, discrimination, stigma and, in the worst cases, hate speech. Therefore, religion has a strange duality to bring their own, but to condemn and exclude others. Precisely, a topic that generates a lot of conflict between the religious hosts is related to homosexual people. Within the Christian and Muslim perspective homosexuals are condemned people, who live in sin, and whose morality remains in serious doubt. Based on a small handful of prayers in the Old Testament, many Christians profess an intense aversion to gay people and the LGBT community. While it would seem that homosexuality and religion are like oil and vinegar, impossible to mix effectively, most of the time we see these two realities appear together. I think it is now time to update religious discourses on homosexuality… it is time for our pastors, ministers and priests to liberate their parishioners from these discourses of exclusion.
Time for a change!
The writers of the abrahamic religions lived in a politico-social-cultural environment very different from the one we live in today. Many of their beliefs and rules are already obsolete in cultures with a high degree of social health. For example, the abrahamic religions offers support for ideas like these:
- Burn and sacrifice animals to please God.
- Accept and promote slavery.
- Not having contact with women while undergoing menstruation.
- Forbidden to work on Saturdays; immediately condemn fortune tellers and seers.
- Offer virgin daughters to placate multitudes of men.
- Immediately stone women in non-legitimate sexual relationships.
- Liquidate and kill every man, woman, child and animal of peoples who will not accept the abrahamic God.
The examples can be multiplied easily. Thankfully, these behaviors no longer play a substantive role in the countless societies where human rights and social health exist. Although many countries still life following the abrahamic religions and cultures, today we see them as people with customs alien to how many of us live in the West. It is no secret to say today that societies that have ingrained intellect and love instead of religious texts enjoy greater happiness and human rights where the result has been the abolition of slavery; women’s rights; and more pluralistic societies with significant human equality. However, in many other societies, those few biblical prayers, written by people in a world of intolerance to diversity and where the sword could more than reason, still permeate the discourses of many of the religious leaders. The time has come, therefore, for religious leaders worldwide to realize that their discourses of exclusion do not add anything good to our society; instead, they subscribe to a society of prejudice, intolerance, hatred and discrimination. Even these discourses have the potential to justify violent behavior towards the LGBT community. In favor of this point, there is a voluminous literature that points out that the more religious a person is, the more prejudice he has against the LGBT community.
Beside the religious fact, some of us have difficulties understand the reason behind the LGBT rights movement and the reason of all these colorful and joyous celebrations all over the world. Beside being a movement that defend the rights of equality and human rights, the LGBT community also manifest the rights of people of any sexual orientation to live and be respected equally.
“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.” ― Paul Newman
I would like to thank everybody who have been celebrating the pride or LGBT rights movements day in Stockholm, Sweden. I hope this opens the eyes of many of us around the world to evolve using our hearts and intellect and create societies where everybody is equally respected and loved.