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Persuasive Essay Gay And Lesbian Rights Essay, Research Paper

Persuasive Essay – Gay and Lesbian Rights

“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For

anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen cannot love God, whom he

has not seen,” John 4:20. So, why do heterosexual people hate homosexuals? They

are ordinary people with a different lifestyle who would simply like to be

treated with respect. Many organized religions believe that a ‘gay’ lifestyle is

wrong. But, if someone is born producing hormones of the opposite sex, shouldn’t

we have compassion, instead of hating and labeling them as ‘morally wrong’? Why

are so many people homophobic? Being gay is human, not wrong.

Many people say that gays and lesbians are not equal to the straight

community. They are wrong. There are hundreds of gay and lesbian foundations and

activist groups around the country. They are not fighting for gay rights, but

for human rights. As stated in the Constitution of the United States, “All

people are created equal.” These organizations are fighting for equality. We all

deserve the same basic rights whether we are gay, straight, black, or white. No

one deserves to be judged, discriminated against, or treated unfairly. These

groups also try to strengthen the gay and lesbian movement at the state and

local level while connecting these activities to a national vision of change.

All they want is freedom to live their lives, to perform the same rituals as

heterosexuals, such as hold a job and marry. These people are law abiding

citizens and want and deserve the same rights as others. Is that too much to


Religious leaders believe that gay is wrong. Many organized religions are

contradicting themselves when they don’t accept gays and lesbians. If we are all

supposed to be God’s children, then that means God accepts all people. In other

words, we as children of God, should also accept all people. According to the

Bible, God is the only judge. “Do not judge others or you too will be judged,”

Matthew 7:1. Logically, we as humans do not have the power of authority to judge


Some heterosexuals say that they are afraid of or repulsed by homosexuals

when there is actually nothing scary or gross about them at all. “Why would God

create a being that is hates? Why are straight people so afraid of gay people?,”

asks Paul Radcliff of the American Gay and Lesbian Task Force. If one takes this

into consideration one will find his statement is true. What threat do they

possess? Only people who are insecure about their own sexuality are afraid of or

intimidated by homosexuals. This hate and fear only adds to the fear that

already exists and escalates the turmoil between the groups. Many homosexuals

fear rejection by friends, by family, and by society and are forced to keep

their lifestyle a secret. Unfortunately, they have every reason to be afraid.

Treating others “as you would have others treat you” is a basic philosophy of

many modern religions. Who could ask for otherwise? Certainly not the gay and

lesbian groups fighting for their rights as citizens of the world. If people can

think of homosexuals as regular human beings, no different from the rest of us, then maybe this problem would not exist. Maybe if people could be just a little

less hypocritical, then we would find that there is really no problem there at all.

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