When did people start being homophobic?

Brylee Huber, Editor

   Last year, in my Junior English class, I did a research paper on the history of homophobia, and where it originated. Here are my findings.

   In many non-white cultures and religions, third genders and homosexuality were incredibly common. This included the Two-Spirits from many Native American religions and the Ma Ning from Indian Buddhism.

   Both were considered being both female and male, and they were held higher, almost deity like, by the other members of their religions.

   It wasn’t until Christianity and Europeans started to travel further that the idea of homosexuality being wrong began. In fact, from the journal of a Christian missionary traveling from England to South America, he makes a report that it was common for Mayans to be part of the LGBT community, but that it was barbaric because they were not white.

   In almost every reported case, it was considered wrong to be gay due to the non-white participants. Anything common amongst people of color was listed as animalistic and against God.

   Racism isn’t the only issue that led to homophobia, however. Sexism was also a large factor.

   After the supposed birth of Jesus,  gender roles became even more defined. Many people believed that women were lesser and were made for men. This came from the belief in Eve and the Garden of Eden, for all women had to pay for her mistake.

   It is easy to see how this affects the LGBT community. Women were lesser, so why would a man wish to be one? And women are lesser, so they cannot “become a man.”

   If it wasn’t for the racist and sexist beliefs that were trusted in throughout the past, it can be believed that the LGBT community would be in a far better view in today’s world.

   (This is based off of an eight-page research paper, so evidence that led to these facts had to be omitted to allow for space).