Refuting anti-LGBT arguments
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Over the years mostly right wing and religious nuts have came up with arguments against the LGBT community, some arguments include: "Being LGBT is sinful", "Marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman", "Being gay or transgender is a mental illness". These arguments have no scientific or historical basis and this type of intolerance can lead to LGBT people to commit suicide or to major mental health issues. This article will cover arguments against the transgender community and refute them in an academic and scientific, as well as somewhat religious manner (i.e., theological arguments against transphobia). These arguments range from seemingly intelligent to downright bullshit. Many arguments are derived from twisting around neuroscience/psychology (or science in general) and twisting around religious concepts.
Note: There were no (distorted) biblical arguments against transgender people.
|Religious Argument||Rational Refutation|
|Being gay is going against God's Plan||If homosexuality is against God's plan, why did God allow homosexuality to exist in the first place?|
| "Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion" (Romans 1:26-27).
"If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads" (Leviticus 20:13)
This is a common verse used against gays and there's no way to argue around the existence of anti-homosexuality in the passages.[note 1] In the end, the writers of the bible were products of their time, similar to Qur'an. In fact, the bible condones many actions considered immoral by today's standards.
|God hates gays||However, Jesus stated in (John 13:34), "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another". This clearly means that people are supposed to care about each other despite differences.|
|Marriage is a holy union||Marriage was around long before Christianity. Tribal people worldwide had marriages and ancient empires such as the Mayan Empire in what is now Mexico had marriages and those people formed unions before the Christian religion.|
|Anti-LGBT Argument||Rational Refutation|
|Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender people are mentally ill||Sorry, but the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association have dropped homosexuality and transsexualism as mental illness through up to date scientific research and protests.|
|You choose your sexuality||Wrong, sexuality is deterministic, by genes, epigenetics, and/or from hormonal differences due to birth order. |
|Transgender people are only confused about their sexuality caused by the liberal media||Wrong again! At first someone may be confused but a person learns their gender identity over time. This varies from person to person because gender identity has a biological basis, while someone is physically male or female, in terms of biochemistry a transgender person's brain is wired as the opposite gender (so to speak). There is a long history of transgender individuals across many countries and cultures, far beyond the reach of liberal media.|
|LGBT people need to be sent to a mental hospital by force.||First off, being LGBT is not considered mental illness anymore (as per the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). Second, being different does not affect you in any way. Finally, that would be a civil rights violation considering that the United States Constitution states, "A person may not be denied life, liberty or property without due process". Plus the Bill of Rights allows for Freedom of Expression. Page text.|
|Gays are not natural||This argument also gets mixed in with religious arguments saying, "God made sex for procreation" or some variant of this. As for the refutation, homosexuality has been observed in many other animal species while homophobia has been observed in only one (Homo Sapiens). Nature isn't either a reference for morals, since murder is perfectly natural.|
- Besides trying argue that lie was meant to mean "deceive" instead of "lie down" (have sex). Cranks will point to it as a mistranslation while never attempting to translate the original piece.
- What the Bible Says About… Homosexuality Christian Teens section in About.com
- See the Wikipedia article on Transgender history.
- A MAP OF GENDER-DIVERSE CULTURES, PBS, August 11, 2015
- https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/billofrights Link text, additional text.