(Original post by Anonymous)
Yeah it should be made illegal as soon as possible.
Homophobia is too leniently allowed in society, and it needs to stop.
The thing is though, it's awkward because a vast portion of the world is religious, and many believe that religion tells them homosexuality is wrong. however if you're LGBT and still true to your faith, then you cannot use your religion as a curtain to hide behind to defend your 'right' to be homophobic. The way the American LGBT deal with the WBC is something for a lot of us look up to. There are gay Christians who have proven that the bible is not against homosexuality. What's even more worrying is the situation in the middle east right now, particularly with ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria - it's the state seeked by the rebels that is constantly being spoken about on the news at the moment) gaining strongholds in Iraq. When the US liberated Iraq in 2003, whilst tolerance was never high, the LGBTs of Iraq had homosexuality decriminalised. I fear for Iraqi LGBTs that it may not be the case for much longer.
I've recently come out to a few really close friends, and they've all had the exact reaction I hoped for - complete indifference. They're there for me of course, and if I want to talk about things they will, but they don't treat me any differently and they didn't make a big deal out of it.
I sort of knew this is how they would be, because I've known them for so many years, and one of us has been out for a while anyway. So, for me, coming out to them wasn't really a big deal. It was a drunken confession here or there, and I felt completely safe with them. Coming out to myself was a lot harder.
But, the point of this post is that I'm going to uni in October, and it just feels like such a sucky time to have just begun realising this about myself, and accepting it.
I'm not sure what to do - on one hand, I feel it would be nice to go and just be openly gay from the start, a fresh beginning if you like. But, on the other hand, I'm not sure I'm comfortable with that. Nobody else knows apart from 6 close friends, I can't even begin to comprehend being OK with telling complete strangers. I don't want it to be something that defines me, ever, which is why I was so comfortable with telling the people I have - because I knew it would never be even in the first 50 adjectives they'd chose to describe me. I can't help but think if I go to uni completely out, it will be among the first things people know about me, and I wish it weren't. But then again, at some point down the line, I don't want to have to do the whole 'coming out' thing as if it were big deal, with these new friends I make.
Does anybody have any advice? Like, any at all. I'm at a dead end.