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“Is sexual orientation a cause for rejection?”
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“Is sexual orientation a cause for rejection?”

phpAtZw3kPMDiscrimination and rejection are all too common in society but are especially harmful for those with a different sexual orientation, writes Lyn-Marie Blackman, 27, a Correspondent from Bridgetown, Barbados, who argues the price of rejection hurts all of society.

We all live in societies where rejection, discrimination and prejudices are on a constant high.

One section of our society that is acquainted with rejection and prejudices are the members of the LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Transvestite and Intersex) Community. It has always been heart-wrenching watching documentaries on homosexuality on YouTube, where young men and women who are in the prime of their lives are being placed under the umbrella of hurt, pain and severe scrutiny – more so than their counterparts who identify as heterosexual.

Many are in the clutches of eviction with the residual effect of homelessness thus heightening the level of poverty. This eviction stems from a family member, friend or landlord’s rejection of one’s way of life. The apparent belief is that it could be “remedied” if that person was cut off from their standard of living or if the friendship was discontinued. Nothing can be further from the truth. It only aggravates further a delicate and already sensitive issue i.e. human sexuality.  

Depression, suicide, unemployment or underemployment and the risk of exposure to unwanted STDs are the experiences of several individuals around the world who identify as LGBTI. When this level of rejection hits home many are left to go on the street and prostitute, while some spiral down into a life of drugs and alcohol, cutting and other forms of self-destructive behavior.

When listening to the experiences of several LGBTI individuals, some have it better than others. Some who have disclosed to their love ones about their sexual preference have been met with acceptance and others with rejection.

One may not agree with the sexuality of your loved one, but you must still extend that arm of love to that individual, similar to the way Jesus did when He walked on this earth. There is so much hate around our globe and so many people are experiencing it. Human beings were created to inhabit the earth and to encourage each other with love, but when death threats and other forms of bashing are injected what would anyone perceive as forthcoming: a positive or a negative?

If there was one less person in the LGBTI community who has to experience the backlash that comes from their sexuality, it would make our societies more liveable for all. Stop spreading the hate and spread the love.

photo credit: yksin via photopin cc

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About me: I am a conservative and articulate individual with an innate desire to see love, peace and unity triumph. My interests lie in medical research. I enjoy researching medical news from around the world and reporting it in my monthly newsletter entitled L.I.F.E.

I love biomedical science and believe it holds the key to a healthier society. I aspire to become a medical researcher and writer. My focus now is obtaining more exposure for my newsletters, L.I.F.E. and The Believer.

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Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Articles are published in a spirit of dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit a response?
To learn more about becoming a Commonwealth Correspondent please visit: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/submit-articles/commonwealthcorrespondents/
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