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Facing concepts of acceptance, tolerance and refusal

Contributing writer Cheska Robles notes how there are people who continue to not accept LGBT people. “It’s sad to know though that there are people who believe that gays should be shot at, killed, stoned to death and the like. I have seen those posts on social media and it saddens me that people think that way. These gay men, gay women, transgender people are still human beings,” she says.

It seems that our society is divided when it comes to the LGBT community. There are people who accept same sex relationships, and there are people who only tolerate same sex relationships. And then, of course, there are people who completely refuse to accept same sex relationships.

Those who accept the gay community are those people who are alright with the idea that people of the same sex can be in a loving, committed relationship with each other. Those who tolerate same sex relationships are those people who don’t really mind if you’re in a same sex relationship or not, as long as it’s your business. That is just my definition and understanding of those concepts.

In our society today, most if not all tolerate same sex relationships.  I suppose in some ways this is better than having people completely hating on the LGBT community. Although I do believe that if there were more accepting people, it would be easier for the LGBT youth to come out without having to worry about what other people think.

It’s sad to know though that there are people who believe that gays should be shot at, killed, stoned to death and the like. I have seen those posts on social media and it saddens me that people think that way. These gay men, gay women, transgender people are still human beings.

For some people, the death penalty that is given to criminals is not acceptable. Being gay is not a crime, so what gives these people who say that gays should be killed for being gay the right to take another’s life?

What I would like to know e possible reasons why some people find it difficult to accept the LGBT community. Is it because it’s not ‘right’? Is it because it is ‘unnatural’?

Because, as far as I am concerned, what is wrong about being gay? What is wrong about people who are in a committed, same sex relationship?

And I think I’m not the only person in the world who continues to ask these questions.

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Anna Franchesca Robles (you may call her Cheska) is currently taking up Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. She has this passion to make changes by inspiring people with her experiences. She is an LGBT advocate and staunchly supports gender equality.

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