Are LGBT Members Still Outcasts Of Religious Communities Today?

The most significant opposition against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals are the religious leaders who insist that the orientation of these individuals are against the doctrines of most denominations.

In Christianity, LGBT individuals are allowed to attend churches and other religious meetings. However, they are barred from ascending to positions of power until they change their sexual orientations.

In Islam, the teachings of Prophet Muhammud are firmly opposed against same-sex marriages.

In Hinduism, it is taboo to speak about the subject of LGBT meaning that most people hold an opposing view on the issue.

Buddhists also consider same-sex marriages as wrong.

In Sikhism, there is little mention of the problem in the religion’s books. However, the sect’s leaders deeply condemn those engaging in LGBT acts.

While many of the world’s religions condemn same-sex marriages, contemporary society has a mixed feeling regarding the subject. Homosexuality and the acceptance of same-sex unions have gained renewed recognition in many places in the world today.

Often associated with religious morality, the issue though continues to draw partisan views among people in the United States. The underlying question that keeps cropping up when this question is raised is whether it is essential for an individual to believe in God to be considered moral. With the general view among Americans being that morality is not in any way linked to Godliness, society has become more tolerating to homosexuals and those practicing same-sex marriages.

LGBT and Politics

In the past, LGBT individuals were outcasts to society, and their chances of making it to powerful positions were low. However, contemporary society seems to be less emphasizing on the orientations of individuals when electing leaders into political posts.

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In 2009, Iceland elected Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir to the position of prime minister. Belgium in 2011 also did the unbelievable and elected Elio Di Rupo as the nation’s prime minister. The trend doesn’t show signs of slowing down, and as latest as 2013, Luxembourg also followed suit. The country’s nationals elected Xavier Bettel as the prime minister.

Serbia and Iceland are also among the numerous nations that have followed the example of the countries mentioned above. These are among other world countries that have defied the odds and voted for individuals that nobody gave a chance. It also highlights that the LGBT community is no longer discriminated against as in the past times.

The elective posts provide a glimpse of the bigger picture where it is not only in politics where the LGBT are getting opportunities but in all sectors. The society is no longer selective based on the sexual orientation that was hitherto indicators of the morals of the individual. Instead, the policies of the individual are more important.

Same-Sex Marriage Legalization

Although gay marriages are prohibited in many world countries especially the Asian nations that are adherent to the Muslim religion, they still happen albeit in hiding. However, the situation is slowly changing as it has been witnessed in the last two decades.

The Netherlands is the nation that pioneered the legalization of same-sex marriages in the world after which many others have followed suit. This was back in the year 2000. In 2003, Belgium also did the same thing although it was under resistance from the Catholic Church that condemned the move. Since then many European nations have passed laws that decriminalize gay marriages. Such nations include Germany, England, Wales, Ireland, and Malta.

However, the passing of legislation in Asian and African countries has proven to be an arduous task.

Although many world nations are still yet to legalize gay marriages, the numerous recent lawsuits filed by LGBT members highlight the public outcry that asks for their decriminalization.

In Africa, only South Africa has allowed legal same-sex marriages to be conducted. The other nations have been reluctant to effecting this primarily due to the deeply rooted cultures that rule against such a move. However, civilizations even in the African countries is happening swiftly that the LGBT members in these nations have already taken steps towards seeking their liberty. The future is brighter than before for LGBT in these nations.

Muslim nations in North Africa and the Middle East have however proven difficult to break ground for LGBT supporters. Many of the countries in these regions have strict laws that don’t allow LGBT members any breathing space. In Syria for instance, homosexuals are arrested and prosecuted based on the countries laws that apply severe punishments on those found guilty.

The situation for LGBT is worse in nations such as Brunei that recently passed a law that allows stoning to death for those found guilty of gay practices. The code in Egypt, Qatar, Somalia, and many other Muslim nations is as equally strong as it is in Brunei even though these nations do not advocate for stoning. Therefore, the implementation of LGBT laws in some parts has met considerable resistance, and the members are considered to be community outcasts.

Transgender in Sports

Typically, men have been known to fare better than women in sports. Over the years, the participation of men with transgender issues in women competitions and vice versa has elicited mixed feelings among many stakeholders in sports. One faction believes transgender men who participate in women competitions have an added advantage over their counterparts.

The argument is that the transgender individuals are more masculine than the women and thus have more chances of succeeding. However, despite this view, the conversion of transgender people to one that suits their preferences is happening every new day. The world is also accepting the switches, and despite the controversies, transgender athletes such as Serena Williams, Caster Semenya, Andraya Yearwood and many others have made a name in sports after adopting different sexual orientations.

Many affairs in the world are changing at a sweeping rate, and the advancements in the technology sector have enhanced all this. The innovation of social media has also improved interactions between people from different world parts.

The result has been an increase in the numbers of LGBT members. While gay people have been existent since the beginning, many societies have treated them as outcasts.

However, the recent two decades have seen an overturn in fortunes for the LGBT as many people have come to accept them as part of their societies. Now many members of LGBT have ascended into positions of power.

This is phenomenal considering the profiling that has existed over the years. In this light, it would be correct to conclude that the picture is changing and the future is brighter than ever for LGBT. However, the situation in Islam practicing nations is different from many world parts, and unless the nationals become less lenient, LGBT will continue being outcasts.