Sexual Orientation: Flaunting It

From Pink News:

The on ly openly lesbian woman in (the British) parlaiment, Angela Eagle, is to go head-to-head in a debate with controversial Daily Mail journalist Melanie Philips at Village Drinks next month. Philips, known for her strong views on gay marriage and adoption, was to speak at a Village Drinks gay networking event on the current politcal climate.

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In the past, Philips has criticised gay adoption and accsed gay rights activists of intolerance towards Christians…..she arued that the gay rights agenda undermines marriage and has clled homosexuality a “lifestyle choice’.  Phillips says she is not homoshpobic and beleives that sexual orientation is a private issue that should not be shown in the public sphere.

Well!

Of all the silly points of Philips that demand a response, the most fascinating is that “sexual orientation is a private issue that should not be in the public sphere.”  Does she really mean that she will from nowon plead with her editors to refrain from publishing all those lucrative wedding pictures, marriage and engagement classified announcements, and bridal advertising features in their paper, because they bring the private matter of heterosexual orientation right into the public gaze of a famiy paper, flaunting their sexual preference for all the world to see ?

No, I didn’t think so either.

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2 Responses to “Sexual Orientation: Flaunting It”

  1. Mark Zamen Says:

    Philips is manifesting her ignorance by stating that sexual orientation is a “lifestyle choice.” There is, at this point, every indication that the gender to which one is attracted is an inborn trait, determined by physiology and not social influences. However, her claim to not being homophobic is possibly true: A phobia is a mental disorder, and just because a person does not agree with a certain lifestyle does not mean he or she is suffering from an illness. What really matters here, though, is the silliness of suggesting that sexual preference is a strictly private matter; of course it is not, except for those who wish to remain “in the closet.” One thing is perfectly clear where Philips is concerned: She is part of the large segment of society that still regards gay men and women as second-class citizens – or worse. That this wide-spread attitude exists even in this day and age is the salient point of my recently released biographical novel, Broken Saint. It is based on my forty-year friendship with a gay man, and chronicles his internal and external struggles as he battles for acceptance (of himself and by others). More information is available at http://www.eloquentbooks.com/BrokenSaint.html.

    Mark Zamen, author

    • queeringthechurch Says:

      The only point with which I would take issue, Mark, is your discussion of the word “homophobic”. Semantically of course you are correct – technically, the word refers to mental illness, but language in common use has refers to mental illness. In practice, the term is widely used to refer to a prejudice against non-heterosexual people, comparable to racism. I don’t like this word either, but no better term exists.

      I look forward to exploring and promoting your book: personal stories are important in the search for greater understanding.


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