Essay about Being Homosexual Is Not Actively Accepted

2269 Words Dec 12th, 2016 10 Pages
In numerous cultures worldwide, being homosexual is not actively accepted. One culture in which this is true is, in fact my own. Both of my parents are from Nigerian culture, and our religion is Assemblies of God. These two facts about my family are two reasons why my homosexual sister, Sarah, is somewhat of a concern. The Assemblies of God faith completely rejects the idea of homosexuality. According to Pew Research Center, the Assemblies of God church, the largest Pentecostal denomination, even prohibits clergy from marrying same-sex couples (Masci et al.). Additionally, our Nigerian culture is strongly based in Christian ideals. Being gay wasn’t supported by our culture’s customs. Therefore, one could easily see how my parents, and I, for the most part, weren’t very welcoming to Sarah’s new-found sexuality. Sarah wasn’t always “gay”. Yes, she did participate in tomboyish activities like playing football and basketball with her brothers. However, Sarah never identified as gay until she came back from boarding school in Nigeria in the 9th grade. There, we siblings found out, Sarah had had a sexual encounter with another girl who encouraged that behavior. When Sarah returned, she’d just started high school in America. She made friends with other “tomboys”, and over the following years, she began to dress like them. PhD writer Anne Dohrenwend describes this behavior as “cross-dressing”, which is where individuals, “adjust their external presentation , hair, clothing, etc.,…

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