The LGBT community has been at the receiving end of a lot of unwarranted and baseless myths that make no sense whatsoever. Be it the misconception that they chose their sexual orientation or the inaccurate argument that their orientation is ‘unnatural’, the LGBT community has had to answer questions that should never be asked in the first place. So, to make life just a tad easier for them, here are 9 myths that the LGBT Community is tired of hearing:
1. Homosexuality is not natural:
This is perhaps the most common myth associated with homosexuality, even though it’s completely wrong. Homosexuality is, just like heterosexuality, absolutely natural. In fact, homosexuality has also been reportedly observed in hundreds of animal species.
2. Homosexuality is a choice
No, it’s not. Just ask yourself, would ANYONE be willing to choose a life where their mere existence makes them a criminal (all thanks to section 377!!), where discrimination has to be dealt with on a regular basis and where one can fall victim to potential hate crimes any day, as evident from the Orlando shootings?
3. Gays = Trans
This is one myth that just stems from ignorance. Due to their lack of knowledge, many people are under the impression that gays and transgender people are all clubbed under one bracket. The truth could not be any further than this. While being gay is a matter of sexual orientation, being transgender is one of gender identity.
4. Gay people are more likely to get HIV
No, they’re not. HIV is not a disease that suddenly becomes more contagious if it’s a same sex couple doing the deed. Both heterosexuals as well as homosexuals are at equal risk to catch it and it’s high time people realised that.
5. There is no such thing as ‘Bisexuals’
Once again, this is absolutely not true. Bisexuals exist and are just as entitled to their sexuality as you are. And even if they have a partner of the opposite sex, it doesn’t mean that they’ve suddenly stopped being bisexual.
6. Homosexuality can be ‘cured’
Contrary to what Baba Ramdev might have you believe, homosexuality cannot be cured. Reason being? It’s not a disease in the first place.
7. All homosexuals were molested as kids
The sheer logic of this myth is laughable. First of all, if this really was the case, why isn’t every single grown adult, who was molested at a younger age, gay or lesbian? Additionally, there are so many queer folks who weren’t molested as kids that this myth has absolutely no founding whatsoever.
8. All gays are feminine
Ummm what? Apart from the subtle sexism this myth perpetuates, it’s also completely ridiculous. There are so many gay guys out there who’d probably be the manliest guys you ever see, completely checking off all of your stereotypical requirements for what ‘being a man’ pertains.
9. Lesbians are just women who’ve not found the ‘right man’:
Trust me when I say this. Even if Prince Charming himself was to walk up to a lesbian, she’d completely ignore him. Reason being? She’s NOT interested or attracted to men. Period. It has nothing to do with her not having found ‘the right guy’. Why is this so hard to understand?