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A choice? Really? Think again.

26 February 2014, 09:36

Apparently the Ugandan president (without the capital "P" as he definitely does not deserve respect), Yoweri Museveni, believes that Ugandan "Government" scientists are one up on the other scientists, scholars, religious leaders etc from across the globe: Homosexuality is learned, and a choice.

Previously labeling homosexuality as a genetic distortion (quite a big word for such a major idiot), he has now concluded that homosexuals are disgusting and abnormal. Being gay in Uganda could now cost you life in prison.

The White House has spoken out, saying that this bill is a major step backward. Just a STEP backward?! Seriously? How about a major hike back into the dark ages?

I do not expect the majority out there to accept or even try to understand the concept of being gay.

But Mr Museveni, do you honestly and whole-heartedly believe that being gay is a choice? Really? Let me explain to you what the word "choice" or the term "to choose" means: To choose is to make a deliberate decision to do something; a decision to choose one thing, person, or course of action in preference to others. But Mr Museveni, do you honestly and whole-heartedly believe that being gay is a choice? Really? Let me explain to you what the word "choice" or the term "to choose" means: To choose is to make a deliberate decision to do something; a decision to choose one thing, person, or course of action in preference to others.

I am 35 years old, and it took me almost as many years to come to terms with this. I hated myself for many years, avoiding the image reflected in the mirror because I could not bare to look at myself. Too often I found myself on my knees, begging for a cure. 

It never came.

I did not choose this life. This life has been turbulent, scary, difficult, sad and all too fucked up to say the least. Had I been able to "choose" the orientation of my sexuality, I would not have opted for this life. I would not have chosen the lifestyle that has so often been at the heart of so much difficulty.

I was a mere 8 years old when I first heard the word "moffie". EIGHT YEARS OLD.  If others picked up on my orientation when I was so young, do you not think that I too had these thoughts in my head? I knew I was different from a very young age. Very young. A little boy that did not understand what was happening inside him. A little boy that knew he had to hide this from the outside world at all costs - Especially from those that meant the most to him.

Do not tell me that this is a choice. It never was and it never will be. And I am not alone. There are many others like me that have endured more emotional, psychological and spiritual hardships than you can possibly fathom in that pea-sized brain of yours. We did not choose this. 

I did not want this for me. I did not want this for my family.

But just as my family and closest friends have had time to come to terms with my "abnormality", I too, over time managed to learn to love and accept myself for who I am. Take note: WHO I AM. Not WHAT I am.

The Bible has been thrown my way more times than I care to mention. The funny thing is that homosexuality is not mentioned in the New Testament at all. I wonder how many people know that. It was my brother who gave me this most valuable piece of information just a few weeks ago. My brother who was probably the most hurt by the revelation of my lifestyle in 2000. Fourteen years later, I can thankfully accept that those scars are healed.

The "origins" of homosexuality have so far eluded the more qualified scientists in the international community... What makes you think that this Government-led research has any value when so many have failed before you to find the scientific explanation for this?

The International Community needs to address and retaliate against this blatant violation of basic human rights. This is not just a statement against the LGBT people living in Uganda, but against all the nations that have found truth, acceptance and understanding in the fact that we are all different - Regardless of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation.

A personal message I would like to send to the Ugandan President: "If you have an issue with homosexuality, then it comes to your own fear and your own darkness." - Tori Amos

And to the petrified few trying to flee Uganda at this very moment, I would like to say that "No government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody." - Rita Mae

Be brave. Be safe. You were born to survive.
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