Why homophobia is well and truly alive

July 16, 2015 Opinion

There have been some small but significant changes to how civil unions, specifically for same-sex couples, are registered in the eyes of the law starting with Ireland’s acceptance by popular vote followed by the United States with a Supreme Court ruling that gave gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

With the advent of growing support for same-sex marriage from governments worldwide, I can only hope marriage equality is just around the corner. But it almost feels too far from the truth when delving deeper into the largely unfounded reasons why people oppose marriage equality.

The disturbing video of the social experiment embedded above produced by Russian YouTubers ChebuRussiaTV is one of many examples why we still have a long way to go to achieving global acceptance of homosexuality.

The two Russian dudes take an innocent stroll through downtown Moscow hand-in-hand only to be met by hateful slurs from disapproving looks to straight up threats of physical violence. At one point, a man walks right into one of the guys sending him stumbling backwards before the two hurried away to avoid a more serious altercation.

What’s worse was how the two were only walking around the Red Square, the heart of Moscow, and feared a far more abusive reception had they ventured into more conservative neighbourhoods around town.

Although I cannot say I was shocked by the reactions, it is disconcerting to know that there exists this ongoing discrimination against members of the LGBTQIA community let alone giving them the right to legally declare their love for their partners.

I’m so sick of all the condescending, holier-than-thou comments that people have been making because they are simply too selfish to realise the possibility of peaceful coexistence with others who don’t share the same belief systems with them. I find that many of the reasons why people oppose marriage equality are fundamentally flawed – there’s no logic to their arguments.

Take for example those who have appealed to the sanctity of “traditional marriage” by suggesting that by decriminalising same-sex marriage is a step towards decriminalising incest and bestiality.

Seriously, though? The best they could do is to leverage fear and human emotion rather than presenting sound reasoning to serve their argument?

I also find it offensive when they compare homosexuality to paedophilia. Is it not glaringly obvious that one is consensual and the other is often times not?

At the end of the day, we all have different causes we believe in, but one thing’s for sure; love knows no boundaries or limitations, it transcends all factors divide us as humans like race, color, religion, age and socioeconomic status.

To forbid or criminalise others’ love is both callous and spiteful. This world is already brimming with ignorance and bigotry, we don’t need to add ‘love’ to the list of nice things that perfectly normal human beings can’t have.


I would love to hear from like-minded people on this topic because I’m starting to feel a little alone and helpless when it comes to equality of all sorts.

While I welcome logical debate in the comments section if you so fancy, but please keep in mind that hate speech is NOT tolerated here on Classic Muse.

Much love,

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  • Reply Steph July 16, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    I both fully agree with your post and can relate to how you feel. Whenever a new nation announces that it now allows same sex marriage, I’m happy, but a part of me is disappointed because what good is making marriage legal without working on the ignorant and sometimes malicious beliefs that still exist even nations that now allow same sex marriage? Being able to get married is great, but many are still likely to get verbal and physical abuse and feel unsafe being being open about their relationships. Trans people are alarmingly more likely to be murdered for their gender identities. We need to be working towards is changing attitudes as well as changing laws, but there’s rarely any government support to help educate the ignorant or hateful. There’s talk here about introducing LGBTQIA* subject matter into relationships education at school, but they can’t even get a handle on properly educating straight kids about sex and consent, let alone educating everyone about gender and sexual minorities.

    • Reply leann July 17, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Hey Steph, I know what you mean about educating the ignorant/bigots… I think what people like us need to do is try and explain to others why members of the LGBTQIA community aren’t any different to everyone else. And if we come across people who won’t hear any of it, at least we tried? I know we can’t force people to adopt our beliefs, and with situations like these people will need to come to the ideal realisation themselves.

      There are so many factors why people reject our views, be it culture or society… My only wish is that people would put their ego aside and start listening to what others have to say :)

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