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Nature vs. Nurture: Do We Choose Sexual Preference?|
Many people do not understand what it means to be homosexual. When someone begins telling loved ones and friends that they are homosexual the first reaction they usually get is “So decide not to be.” Unfortunately, for most people, it is not that easy. Think about it. Did you wake up one day and ask yourself, “Am I sexually attracted to guys or girls?” You certainly didn’t decide by chanting “ennie, meenie, minie mo”, any more than someone who is a homosexual did. Why, then, do we treat their sexual preferences differently?
The segment of our population with the highest suicide rate is homosexual men in high school. Professionals highly recommend that students not “come out of the closet” while in high school as that is where they suffer the most abuse. Should someone have to suffer this sort of abuse because of a sexual preference they cannot control?
In every species in nature, one can find individual members of that species with homosexual tendencies. It is not the norm, but according to sociologists norms are constantly changing. It was socially acceptable for the Romans to have sexual relations with either male or female as long as they did not give into their partner’s desires. It was not until sixth century A.D. when outside Christian influence caused it to be outlawed. Even in the thirteenth century the King of England (King James I) and the King of Scotland (King James VI) shared the same bed.
While discussing this with other students I have found that although people are aware of the struggle for gay and lesbian rights, they are not aware of the original purpose of this struggle. Most people do not oppose the idea of homosexual couples becoming recognized under the law and given the same rights as common-law couples. Unfortunately one of the biggest surprises to me was the opposition to homosexual couples adopting children among high school students. Having discussed this with them I do see the point, it would be difficult for the child to grow up in a family unit that is different than most; however it is what matters is what society makes of the situation. If society is accepting, then the child should have no problem. Yes, for a while it will be difficult for children growing up in homosexual household but the barrier must be broken. It is a fact that social norms change to accommodate changing societies. Assuming that the homosexual couple has all the financial and stability required to raise a child their sexual preferences should not play a role in the decision.
The ongoing struggle faced by homosexuals is a shame. Are they any different that the rest of society except for their sexual preferences? No they are not; therefore why do we treat them differently? Next time you hear someone speaking out against homosexuals, please say something. Tolerance and acceptance have to start somewhere and we, the youth, are the future.