We should stand in revulsion against, and do all we can to oppose, the prejudice, the hatreds, and the condemnation of a society that make the homosexual’s life so difficult. The evidence is overwhelming that our society is pervaded by a strong fear and a deep hatred of lesbians and gay men. This hatred and fear are manifested in discrimination, oppressive laws, social practices, bullying in our schools, and the official teaching of the Catholic Church. Homosexuals do not have the natural protection of the law that others have. There are laws against discrimination on the basis of race and national origin, but only one fifth of the states of the U.S.A. have laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and the UK has none. Many problems make a positive adjustment to a homosexual life extremely difficult. Among these can be enumerated:
* The agonies of remorse and self torture over what they feel to be their immoral desires, whether these arise from conscious identity with the condemnations of Church; government agencies; and society, or from neurotic conflicts within themselves.
*Their susceptibility to blackmail and other forms of intimidation.
*Their status of being outside the normal protection of the law.
* Their need to conceal their true identity from public view, from fear that accidental revelation could result in:
*loss of their job,
*expulsion from school,
*dishonorable discharge from military service,
*loss of future security and job opportunities,
*loss of friends and the respect of family and dependants.
Their propensity to sexual promiscuity because they are disallowed any complete interpersonal relationship; and the resulting tendency for sexual desires indulged in, but never fully satisfied, to occupy a disproportionate place in their life.
The threat of ultimate loneliness to one to whom all the normal structures of society: marriage; children; dependants and so on, are closed. It should be noted, however, that all these negative aspects of homosexuality are not due to homosexuality as such, but are the results of society’s attitude to the homosexual.
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