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1. Posted by zanif (Full Member 113 posts) 11y

With the hype of same-sex marriages and ground-breaking movies like Brokeback Mountain, Transamerica and Capote in 2005, i just wanna know how acceptable or open are we and our society/country/religion for people with a 'different' sexual orientation.

i don't want to create an argument here, but just a point of discussion.

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I don't care what anyone does in the privacy of their own home.

I have lived in places where you could get the sh*t kicked out of you, if you even looked at someone of the same I live in a place that doesn't really care what anyone's sexual orientation is. In my opinion, the latter is definately better.

People are just matter what their sexual preference is.

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Quoting zanif

...i just wanna know how acceptable or open are we and our society/country/religion for people with a 'different' sexual orientation....

Me - I am accepting of these people, but I cannot accept that what these people do in their bedroom is normal or natural. However, what they do in their bedroom is none of my business.

Society - My society seems to accept these people, but I wonder how many people would be happy if they kids turned out that way.

Country - Australia has just passed a law changing the definition of marriage to explicitly state that marriage is between "one man and one woman". There are clearly no plans to recognise any other forms of marriage.

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Sorry, I forgot....

Religion - the Bible clearly states that sex between two men or two women is wrong ("an abomination" I believe).

5. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Zanif, Brokeback Mountain would NOT be, surely on screen here! (Miles away for our people and rigid-thinking society to accept that as it is upon the discipline of our 'authorities' - a group of old and conservative 'legends'.)

Well, I will and would accept these people in my neighbourhood as long as they do not cause civil problems to us such as breaking into our houses and steal all our belongings or burning the rubbish openly or rocking the amplifiers during the late of the night...apart from that, I don't see any problems with that. I noticed many 'normal' couples are causing problems. ceaselessly such as spitting and throwing rubbish, stealing our crops during the night time... strong feeling of crushing them into pieces.

As long as they intend to live peacefully without any acts of absurdity, acting in a manner of civilised and high social-conscience, I think most of the residents are willing to welcome any people regardless their sex preferance and backgrounds.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quebec is very open about different sexual orientations, so it's hard for me to imagine living somewhere where it's frowned upon. I'm not bothered by how other people choose to show their love and affection, although I admit it's still a little weird to see same-sex couples kissing. I also think it's a little weird that people willingly eat mushrooms, so it's all neither here nor there.

I like that movies are opening up about it, although I personally thought Brokeback Mountain was one long bore-fest. The more reviews I read about it, the more I think it's being championed for the sole purpose of being the first widely distributed "gay movie". But my boyfriend loved it, so who knows?

7. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

I think most of our contemporary societies are accepting of the fact everyone is different and to be honest most people wouldnt even batter an eyelid... I think this whole same sex marriage is amazing and I cant understand why so many people are in such uproar about it, saying that everyone is entitled to their own opinions!An example, once of my closest friends has been with his boyfriend for around 10 years now and it has caused so many problems with financial things, property ownership and stuff. So I think its really cool that the new legislation has been brought in as they are such an adorable couple and now they get the chance to not be discriminated against because their relationship isnt considered to be conventional and can show their affections for eachother! I Hate to see people kicking off about how things are 'wrong' and blah blah blah....people need to get a grip theres much bigger things going on in the world!!!! However I have to admit, if we are talking about things in between, I just cant get a grip of this whole thing of people marrying animals....saw this thing on TV about a guy who married a horse and she lived in his caravan with him, that was pretty surreal!!!!

8. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

Just think-the world would be a very boring place if everyone was the same, had the same views etc.

Everyone is different and in my opinion it dosen't affect me, it doesn't bother me at all, why should they not have the same chance just because they find someone of their own sex sexually attractive.

The world however would be much morea of a nicer place if everyone was open and understanding to a point.

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting james

Religion - the Bible clearly states that sex between two men or two women is wrong ("an abomination" I believe).

I saw a preacher on TV who was a poverty advocate. He was asked about homosexuality, and he said something along the lines of:

The bible has 2 mentions of homosexuality being a sin. The bible has hundreds of mentions of assisting those in poverty and helping your fellow man. Once poverty no longer exists on earth, then we can work on the other things mentioned in the bible.

I thought it was a good reminder to those of a religious bent arguing against homosexuality to focus on the things that are important.

10. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

It doesn't matter to me what your sexual preference is or who you marry. Those are about the most personal choices one can make.

One thing that does bother me is that there's not a lot of social norms about gays & lesbians. I have no idea how I should act around gays. There's a distinct psychological difference between men and women. Open any magazine, TV station, radio station, book or what have you, and you'll get bombarded with commentaries on how a "girl" should behave and how a "boy" should behave and how we should behave towards each other. Which is nice, since if I don't know the person, I can fall back on these cliches until I know them better. Makes it harder for me to get to know a gay person socially.

Quoting tway

I also think it's a little weird that people willingly eat mushrooms, so it's all neither here nor there.

What's with Quebecer's hating mushrooms ? You're the second one I know who is like that.