Apparently, to a lot of close minded human beings out there, there is still something of a homosexual germ. Apparently, if you spend enough time with a queer person you too can catch the awful bug of homosexuality. It usually starts off with an occasional feeling or two, but eventually can turn into something worse. According to church doctrine, this germ is also a sin. You will go to hell if you catch this bug, and don't get rid of it. Thankfully for all of us, there are a lot of wonderful organizations that can help you become homosexuality negative.
There are a lot of silly theories floating around out there.
Even while writing this, I felt like a total idiot. Folks, being a queer person is NOT caused by a germ, the germ theory. Let's grow up here. However, there are still people who think like this, maybe not to this extreme, but there are remnants or mutations found in almost nearly every single anti-gay person. Some believe that is a disease, others a genetic mutation. Some people think it is like the comic to the right portrays it, as a sexual addiction or habit that can be passed on to someone else. Some see it in the religious/faith based perspective, queerness being a temptation or a sin. Regardless of the view, it is portrayed as something that comes to a person that they can opt out of with careful work and determination. Did you know that Wikipedia lists the pathogen hypothesis as one the many theories causing homosexuality. In an article from Out Magazine from 12 years ago, Did a Germ Make You Gay?, the author states the potential for this. However, in the article there is also mention of what homophobes could do with such a theory.
The theory that being gay is caused by something that is as easy a fix as a pathogen is really hard for us to swallow, and as liberal, modern queer people, I think we could very easily chock it up to a bunch of crock science with no validity to speak of. However, a fellow Redditor, Bootled said this concerning my post on the lack of queer sex education in schools/homes: "It's necessary, but in most of America it will take decades for people to realize they aren't "trying to teach our children to be faggots" just because they try to include LGBT sex education."
Could these been monsters to homophobes?
How often do we think of our queerness in these ways? Terms that to us seem archaic really are legitimate concerns to some people. Could the idea of homosexuality be something that we can rub off on children (pardon the suggestiveness of the chosen statement). Do anti-gay, lack of queer knowledge people really foresee me as that much of a threat? When I come off as a little over dramatic, could homophobes really be seeing me as a monster? Is it possible that when homophobes see images such as the ones portrayed on the right they are only capable of imagining the worst for them, for their children, for others and their children? Do they automatically think that if exposed to a homosexual and their beliefs you could potentially become gay? Is it like the boogie-monster? "No, Jimmy, don't go around the gay man next door, or he might eat you, or dress you in ass-less leather chaps!!"
Are we really just monsters to homophobic people? Is this idea of homosexuality being a contagion really the source of some of the contention in our movement? We know religious doctrine is a huge area of contention, but what about those who aren't overly religious that still persecute queer men and women for living as who they are? Where's the line in the sand?