You will often hear conservatives rail against homosexuality, however, when pressed to explain why homosexuality is inherently wrong without invoking religion, you will generally hear a few responses.
STD rates are signifigantly higher among homosexuals.
In short, this is true, but it is far from a justification of stigmatizing homosexuals, as there are reasons this is true, and ways it can be preventable. One way is to remove the notion that anal sex doesn’t require condoms, when in fact you actually have a higher chance of getting an std through anal sex, condoms, and making sure to use them are a great way to stop this from being the case, along with making sure you and your partner get tested before having intercourse, in short, STD rates among homosexuals are an ineffectual argument.
2) Higher Depression rates among homosexuals
An odd argument, as the generally accepted solution to a stigmatized group suffering from higher rates of depression is generally not to stigmatize them more. But regardless, it is worth rebutting. Some may say something along the lines of “Black people are stigmatized but they don’t suffer from higher rates of suicide” however, even if this were true, which it isn’t as black do suffer 20% more than the general population from severe mental illness, generally this misconception comes from the fact that despite this, whites are more prone to suicide than minorities. But regardless this argument falls flat because of the factor of family acceptance, black people will never be rejected from their family for being black, as that’d never come as a surprise to the parents, however, as a pew research survey shows, 39 percent of LGBT Americans have been rejected by a friend or family member because of their homosexuality, while it is important to factor in the fact that friends are lumped together with family in this survey, the point still stands as a study by the Williams Institute found that 40% of homeless youth are LGBT despite the LGBT population being only about 3.8% of the total American population. Anti-gay advocates may then point to a study done in Sweden, a country highly accepting of gays, showing that gays had higher rates of depression and use it to show that suicide ideation rates among gay men are not the result of stigma. However, while this study does show that gay men have about three times the suicide ideation rate of straight men, it says that gay women have a “tentatively elevated risk.” There are a few explanations for this, one is that, while the study adjusts for HIV status, it does not say that it adjusted for other stds. In addition, women are in general more accepting, of homosexuality than men, in addition to a pew survey demonstrating that lesbians are more likely than gay men to be in a commited relationship. Also, female homosexuality is slightly more accepted. It is also interesting in that women in the general population are about twice as depressed as men. In addition to this, while gay acceptance of homosexuality is far more common in Sweden, ‘35% percent of respondents from Sweden felt discriminated against or harassed in the last 12 months on the grounds of sexual orientation” It is hard to find conclusive numbers to compare against other, less accepting countries. And while it is worth looking into, the Sweden survey isn’t something that should be taken as a reason to discriminate against gay people.
By opinion writer: GS