I am a heterosexual male. I am also secure in who I am, so if someone else is LGBTQ it does not threaten my orientation or self image in any way. Over the years, I have had many friends who had other orientations than myself. I cared about them no differently than my straight friends. None of that matters because we are all human.
The literal fact of the matter is that most of the LGBTQ people I have known through my life have had more compassion for the oppressed across all racial, gender, religious and socioeconomic barriers than the average straight person. Probably because they know what oppression and judgment feel like from the other side.
Of course, this mystifies me even more when I encounter women and minorities who hold negative judgments and opinions regarding alternate sexual orientations or identities. They should have an understanding of oppression and false, unfair judgment.
The biggest factor affecting opinions about orientation is religion. Christians in this country (not all countries) are the most prevalent in number. Interesting how they tend to ignore the teachings regarding loving your neighbor, loving your enemy, treating others as you would wish to be treated and not judging others. No, just ignore all of that because it’s inconvenient to their own insecurities, prejudices and hatred. Because that’s what Jesus would do. Yes, I feel comfortable in judging their hypocrisy because I am not a religious person. I actually do treat others as I would wish to be treated, I do care about my neighbors, even if I don’t like them, even if I don’t know them. Cannot say I love my enemies but I do try and understand their perspective.
Take a step back and consider why religions teach against homosexuality. The purpose of such teachings is propagation of that religion. One religion attempting to expand the number of believers in that particular religion. Those religions also advocate teaching your own beliefs to your children from a very young age, indoctrination from birth onward. The same religions are also against abortion and birth control in modern times. This is social engineering in it’s most blatant form. It is mind control combined with actual control of your body. It is subjugating to women, who the religion basically teaches should be barefoot and pregnant. That a woman has virtually no purpose other than procreation. The more children your birth, the more “blessed” you are. Do you really think such teachings come from God? Or from the twisted minds of the interpreters of those teachings?
It is a fact that more young people are leaving churches. They may adopt other religions which are more accepting of who they are or eschew religion completely. In the process, many are becoming in their attitudes and behaviors more Christian than the Christians are. Loving their neighbors, less likely to judge, treating others as they wish to be treated. They are also more prone to Socialist ideals, such as healing the sick, helping the poor and opposing war. They are also tending to reject consumerism and materialism. Like it or not, Jesus was a Middle Eastern, dark skinned, anti-materialist Socialist. It is the ultimate in irony that to display Christian behavior, they must leave Christianity.
Some religious people bemoan that “alternative” sexual orientations and identities are becoming more common and openly displayed. They claim that children are being “taught” to be homosexual. No, this is not the case. These things have always been with us but hidden, kept secret, oppressed. Those that were “found out” were ostracized, rejected, isolated, punished harshly, killed.
What is happening today is that young people are more comfortable exploring their own personalities, choosing their paths, feeling more accepted, comfortable being who they really are. They have less fear of being judged or punished. It is easier to find caring, loving partners of the same orientation and friends who accept who they are without trying to change them.
Now, while I fully support anyone’s orientation, that does not mean I support graphic exhibitionism. That is a very different issue and is inappropriate for the general public. If you want to engage in exhibitionism, keep it in venues where consenting adults are your audience. Besides, exhibitionism is completely apart from gender identity or orientation. Straight people can be exhibitionists and probably are far more common. Think about all the nude scenes in movies, strippers, etc. Shock value does more harm than good, leading to negative and untrue stereotypes of the LGBTQ community.
Aside from that singular issue, do not try and convince me that the LGBTQ community is attempting to recruit or convert young people. You can suggest that when you see a large number of memes or statements which amount to “God hates straights”. Or when there are legal, state-approved programs to torture straight people to change their orientation. Maybe when you hear of churches evict members of their congregations because of straight orientation. Not before and not until these things become common will I listen to any of it.