Originally Posted by Daniel
Welcome to this forum.
Before I dive into responding to your question, may I address a matter of semantics? The same Christian Fundamentalists who are anti-gay also use the word 'homosexual' in a negative way, which is why many prefer the term 'gay'. It has a different connotation being less medical and more user friendly. This is why there is a 'Gay Rights Movement' and not a "Homosexual Rights Movement'. One never hears the term 'anti-homosexual'. And why is that? Because religious conservatives are often hung up on the 'sex' in homosexual and certainly don't want those people to be happy or 'gay'.
I hope this makes some sense.
Really? I definitely wasn't trying to use it in a derogatory way. I actually wasn't sure what the preferred terminology was. Because I also know that the word gay, amongst the young generation, is used in negative ways as well, but not always necessarily against a gay person (basically making the word a bit ambiguous) Well Ill be sure to use the term gay in the future in place of homosexual, I just had a pre-inclination towards steering away from a word that is also used loosely and negatively. To be honest, I prefer, human-being
, as opposed to straight, gay, bi etc.. But I guess thats a bit too unrealistic!
The path you seem to be on now is what I always assumed that a lot of gays would go down, not necessarily Buddhism, but several of the more spiritual belief systems that do not produce such hate and bigotry.
Thanks for sharing, I really appreciate it.