Societal attitudes toward homosexuality vary greatly across different cultures and historical periods, as do attitudes toward sexual desire, activity and relationships in general. All cultures have their own values regarding appropriate and inappropriate sexuality ; some sanction same-sex love and sexuality , while others may disapprove of such activities in part. Many of the world's cultures have, in the past, considered procreative sex within a recognized relationship to be a sexual norm—sometimes exclusively so, and sometimes alongside norms of same-sex love, whether passionate, intimate or sexual. Some sects within some religions , especially those influenced by the Abrahamic tradition , have censured homosexual acts and relationships at various times, in some cases implementing severe punishments. Since the s, much of the world has become more accepting of homosexual acts and relationships.
Seven striking statistics on the status of gay rights and homophobia across the globe
U.S. Homosexuality - Statistics & Facts | Statista
Tracy Morgan is rightly facing a storm of criticism for a number of hostile statements he made against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT community in a recent comedy show in Nashville. Particularly alarming was his statement that, if his son were gay, he would stab him to death with a knife. Obviously we must condemn what Morgan has said, as well as make clear that there must be appropriate consequences for promoting violence against a child for being gay. However, we are mistaken if we think this is just about Tracy Morgan. Tragically, from my vantage point of working with thousands of LGBT youths who have experienced family rejection, Tracy Morgan made a joke out of an everyday reality we face: rejection and hostility towards LGBT youth that is shared by far too many parents in our society. I firmly believe those of us who care about these kids do have a choice in this moment: do whatever we can to ensure that Tracy Morgan understands the impact of his words, but also, while we have national attention focused on these comments that we put a face on this under-discussed issue and get the public to understand the tragic scope of this problem. I have heard too many LGBT youths tell horrifying stories of violent abuse and rejection from their parents.
Chris Jewell was in tears after a big, intense fight with his boyfriend of five years. So big, the police were called. Highly distressed, he phoned someone with whom his relationship had become strained: his mum. He rarely asked her for anything and was always well behaved; the first in his family to attend university.
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