William Thien

Setting The Record Straight About Homophobia

Posted on: June 11, 2014

I became involved in a rather heated debate about the subject of gay/same-sex/homosexual marriage and if I had a dollar for every time someone bandied about the term “homophobia,” every time someone accused someone as an offensive debate maneuver of being “homophobic,” I’d have a lot more money than I have now to give to charity.

I think it is a myth, I said, that Americans are homophobic. Instead, I believe Americans are fearful of the diseases the homosexual community harbors such as AIDS and hepatitis. It’s a natural fear. Both of the diseases, AIDS and hepatitis, are frequently fatal. Phobias are irrational fears. Fear of contracting a deadly disease is not irrational. So, in that regard, “homophobia” is incorrectly waged.

In another regard, the term “homophobia” is being used incorrectly in its true context. The correct usage of the term “homophobia” involves fear of being labeled homosexual, not a heterosexual fear of homosexuals. It does not refer to straight people fearing gay people. Such usage of the term is incorrect.

What I didn’t like about the debate is that the “gay/same-sex/homosexual” side was so vehemently against any observation about their behavior and how it could affect the health of society that it amounted to little more than censorship and to me, that censorship is what is destroying any barriers that the heterosexual community is putting in place to prevent the spread of AIDS, whether those barriers be verbiage that identifies populations where the disease is prevalent or what behaviors are statistically unhealthy. In other words, you can’t tell us what to do and so what if you get sick and die. I’d be willing to wager that you are going to find some substantial disagreement with that sentiment.

The term homophobia has been levied by members of the gay community against the general population for some time as a means of suggesting some sort of inequality, and perhaps rightly so, but it turns out that the term is being used incorrectly and it involves the perspective of a single person’s fear of being perceived as homosexual, not that heterosexuals are afraid of homosexuals.

I would have let it go, but during the debate I was not only called “homophobic” but a few other choice names. So, I figured a public record of the correct usage and my perception and that of many, many others of what “homophobia” is was in order. Most Americans could care less about homosexuality these days. But the diseases historically associated with their community, that’s another issue. It’s no accident that the sexual promiscuity found in the gay community in San Francisco prior to the closing of the bath houses and the large number of intravenous drug users in that locality resulted in the wider distribution of AIDS. So, don’t hold it against the heterosexual population for being concerned about any change to the laws that govern homosexual behavior. Again, there is nothing irrational about such concerns.

As I’ve blogged previously I support same-sex marriage if it doesn’t raise my taxes because I think my tax dollars are already being misused to pay for the results of what I call government sponsored “sex for dollars” to pay to raise children being born out-of-wedlock. I also support gay/same-sex/homosexual marriage if it means monogamy and a decrease of certain STD’s being spread due to sexual promiscuity, which again was the reason bath houses were closed in San Francisco at the onset of the arrival of AIDS in The United States. First, there were only a few cases, then there were hundreds, do primarily to the promiscuity of homosexuals interacting in the bath houses, and then it got into the heterosexual population through blood transfusions and intravenous drug users. It started off as a few, deadly cases in The United States. Now it is everywhere. Just take a look at this map, AIDSVu

There have been cases of infected victims sticking people with contaminated needles. Infected people have been known to deliberately sleep with unwitting partners merely to infect them. Law enforcement personnel have become infected during searches by being stuck by the needles of drug users. Medical personnel have been stuck and infected or have been infected by blood spatters during surgical procedures. There are also statistics now that indicate the method of transmission in certain cases is unknown and unidentifiable. Has the disease mutated?

The concerns are real. They are not irrational. They are not phobias. They are valid.

So, not to make homosexuals appear like outcasts, but the concern coming from certain segments of society about any change to the laws governing homosexual marriage is real and genuine and justified. The concern is not the result of an irrational fear or phobia. I add that it is my opinion that driving such sexual behavior as homosexuality into the closet may have brought the plague of AIDS upon society to a certain extent to begin with. Maybe not. Perhaps social acceptance of homosexuals earlier on may have prevented the situation the world faces now.

So, to wrap this up, I favor homosexual marriage if it means monogamy and prevents the spread of disease. Just take a look at that map once again AIDSVu. In some counties on the eastern seaboard as many as five percent of the population are infected and the number is still growing! It was and still is an epidemic.

AIDS, once confined to a small section of the country, is now everywhere. I think the map tells enough of the story to reach a conclusion that there is nothing irrational about “homophobia,” even if it is used incorrectly.

I would not wish AIDS on anyone. Perhaps the gay community shouldn’t either.

Copyright © William Thien 2014

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2 Responses to "Setting The Record Straight About Homophobia"

How, exactly, does allowing same sex couples to be legally wed contribute to the spread of disease? If there is any link at all between homosexuality and disease, then I would think that encouraging same sex couples to legally commit to permanent monogamous relationships would actually reduce the incidence of disease. Anyone can transmit herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, chickenpox, mumps, and countless other diseases — should we ban all marriages, gay and straight, so we can reduce the incidence of all communicable diseases, then? I do not understand your argument.

Phoebe, pardon the delay in responding. Thanks for your comment. My position is that exactly, that I support same-sex marriage if in fact it prevents the spread of communicable and sexually transmitted diseases, particularly those which are prevalent in the homosexual community. I believe you missed my point.

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