This video is making the rounds on the internet. I will post it here, but I will warn you that it is a 19 year old kid coming out to his parents, being verbally and then physically abused for it, all in the name of “God.”
Sadly, this is far from an uncomon experience for people in that community.
My (cynical) favorite is when the mother said that she knew that he was gay from when he was a small child, yet he is making a “choice” to be gay.
I think that being homosexual, bisexual or transgender is not a choice. Considering the number of people who know they are gay, bi or trans before they hit puberty, I think it is likely something people are born with. Seeing what people in those groups go through, rejection from their families and sometimes friends, living in a society that marginalizes them, that is trying to deny them not only equal rights to marry and all the rights that come with that, but equal rights to adopt, work, teach, to be in the Cub Scouts for chrissake, it is impossible for me to believe that they “choose” to be gay, bi, trans, etc.. Who would go through all that by choice? Seriously, if you could avoid all that pain and discrimination just by choosing to sleep with the quote-unquote “right people,” wouldn’t you do it? If they are bucking all that crap just to be with someone of their own sex or change their biological sex to fit their gender identity, it is not a choice. This is who they are.
Now, I’m going to speak within the context of Christianity because what puts a burr under my saddle is the screaming hypocrisy of quote-unquote “christians” like these people who have rejected their own child. (I think they have lost the right to be called “parents.”) I am not Christian now, but I was raised Christian and unlike these twats, I know my scripture.
I know a great many Christians who do actually follow the word of Christ and make their best effort to be good people who support and love, even if they don’t agree personally with what someone is doing. Because Christ said this:
John 15: 9-12 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
(And I think by extension, we can include “family” in that.)