Today is the day I felt I directly contributed to World Peace.
Our high school students were tweeting their hunches about our sexuality. So my co-teacher and I finally decided to talk openly about our sexuality and made it the topic for discussion where everyone can simply ask questions about homosexuality without fear and contempt.
Interesting questions came up.
- How did you know you were gay?
- Can you choose not to be gay?
- Was it hard coming out of the closet?
- Was it hard for you when you were growing up?
- Do you want to have a partner someday?
- Did you ever want to be a girl?
- Have you ever had a boyfriend?
We explained several things about homosexuals too.
- Being gay doesn’t mean we’re extra attracted to people–we are as attracted as anyone else
- Not all homosexuals are pedophiles or sex offenders
- Being homosexual and transgender are two different things altogether
- Homosexuality is as natural as heterosexuality and that even if you don’t agree you have to learn how to respect these differences in belief.
It didn’t stop at homosexuality though. The entire point was respect and acceptance. In the end, all we are hoping for is harmony among people, that differences are to be embraced and not to be condemned, that this conversation we had with a bunch of 14 to 18 years old would help each one accept one another.
It was tough. It made us sweat like bacon in a frying pan, but we did it hoping to teach these young minds respect, love and human decency–hoping we made a difference.
(BTW, Here’s a book I really would love to have. Just saying! )