Normalizing Homosexuality (pt 1)

You see evidence of it everywhere. You can’t miss it- even if you try. You may like it, hate it, dismiss it, or even applaud it; but one thing you can’t do is ignore it. The campaign to normalize homosexuality is real.

Let me be clear: I do not aim to be offensive. I use the word normalize to convey the dramatic shift in public opinion about the matter in just a few decades. My intentions for writing and sharing these ideas are four: 1) to examine the drastic change in public opinion, 2) to explore the potential motivation of the unseen parties behind (what I’ll call) the gay agenda, 3) to publish One Black Man, Inc. survey results on homosexuality and 4) to introduce (insert) my personal thoughts into the discussion about homosexuality and Black manhood.

Whether one agrees or disagrees with the notion of same-gender sexual relationships, we can all agree that there are more people today who identify themselves as homosexual than 20 years ago. We can also agree that media depictions of homosexual relationships have increased exponentially and that upcoming generations are more tolerant of “alternative lifestyles.”  Upon noticing these observations, I wondered what other people thought of the matter. I decided to conduct some research of my own. Before we get into the results, however, I want to take a quick look at the morphing of the views of homosexuality in my short lifetime.

Examining the Drastic Changes in Public Opinion—The 1980s

When I was growing up in the 80s, homosexuality was taboo. People accused of being gay were ridiculed with names like sissy, faggot, and queer. There was a degree of shame and embarrassment associated with homosexuality, and nobody wanted to be linked with such behaviors or labels. AIDS was also connected with homosexuality on a large scale. Looking back at Oprah’s 1987 coverage of AIDS in Williamson, West Virginia, one can not only see how ignorant the American public was concerning the disease, but how vehemently opposed to the homosexual lifestyle most Americans were at the time.



Next post: The 1990s



2 responses

  1. Vincent Thompson

    I feel like the media is trying to get us to accept homosexuailty. But I never will. It’s not right. And I dislike how people try to make it seem as if you’re homophobic if you disagree with homosexuality. It’s something that’s unnatural and we must pray for those who explore into this behavior.

    July 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm

  2. Chonquita Jones

    I think its interesting that we as ” non judgmental” Christians take the side of… its wrong they don’t deserve ‘Rights”. I am very much so a GOD fearing Christian that is out to love and show God’s love and mercy through my actions. How can I, we, be Christians if we “hate”, ,”Judge”, “Discriminate” against a population. the LGBT community doesn’t want to take your spot in Haven if that’s your fear, I’m sure they want to just live a healthy life, and be.

    The Media does a lot of things and except homosexuals is not what they do (majority of the time). I just don’t ever want someone to feel and be treated the way people made us feel as Blacks. This topic is a slippery slope and we are sliding downward quickly as Christians.

    I am a LGBT Ally, not because its the “IN” thing but because they are people and I can’t come to call myself a Christian if I don’t except that fact. Also, Stats work better for me. is it “in your opinion” that media shows it more or is there a system that shows that difference. Do we know what percentage was gay in the 50’s vs 2012? Do we know if those people had a voice in the 50’s vs 2012? Is there a stat on how many LGBT’s went to heaven vs Christians vs Athiesis? The questions go one.

    Molesting little boys is no more homosexual than men molesting little girls is heterosexual. Disgusting thought to perpetuate.Or just molestation has nothing to do w ones sexuality and consenting sex.

    Lets be real, we are judging on our comfort not what GOD says. We are essentially George Bush saying there is oil in Iraq, when really its about his financial comfort! Lets talk Stats!

    July 6, 2012 at 8:53 pm

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