t was 50 years ago this month that homosexuality was decriminalised in Britain. Things have moved on a great deal from then with same sex couples able to enter into a legal marriage rather than just a civil partnership. And so finally we are being treated equally to heterosexual couples. But are we really? There is still a stigma, we are not considered “normal” whatever that may be and we are still singled out and thought of as different.
I remember back in high school in the 1980’s, a school friend came out, I also hate that expression, but I will go into that another time. I am unsure how her family reacted but I was told to keep away from her as though she was going to infect me with the same disease or something. The fact of the matter was I was already infected and had been born that way.
So that was the 1980’s, surely thirty years on things are much better? Well not really, whilst we are accepted more widely in society certain religious or far right groups will never accept us. We are still not able to marry in Church, not that I would want to but some might. There was also the example last week of the two young men in Walsall who had one of the UK’s first same-sex marriages involving a Muslim partner. The pair have received vile abuse online, for what? Falling in love and choosing to marry. Religion, sadly, fuels a great deal of hatred.
While I am fortunate to have some very good friends who really don’t care if I’m in a relationship with a man, woman or alien there are others who think they are accepting but come out with the most ridiculous and at times homophobic comments. Sadly our society is still a long way from accepting we are no different from anybody else.
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