Homosexuality In Eastern Cultures

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For Muslim men, coming out as gay in North America can be complicated by cultural differences. Participants described eastern cultures as more permissive of homo-sociality, particularly expressions of physical intimacy and emotional closeness. Muslim men from eastern cultures appeared to have a heightened awareness that process of constructing of a gay identity that is constructed homo-social expression into an internal and social identity is more of a western process. This may be why some respondents seemed to struggle with and resist the construct of gay, perceiving it as a confining label for a box-a resistance to cultural assimilation. Eastern culture reacts to and resists ones freedom to assure a sexual and social identity based on same …show more content…
Through this, homosexuality is portrayed as being sinful. This point of view holds true for majority of the world’s Muslims today (Eidhamar, Levi Geir 2013). These Muslims tend to believe that homosexuality is a learned behavior. It is not something that is made of oneself; it is something that one makes for them. One has a choice whether or not they are homosexual, and since they choose to be homosexual, they are forever shunned from Islam. This being said that homosexuality is not banned or mentioned in anyway sinful in the Qur’an. This is, however, viewed because of the marriage clause. Here it states that sexual activity outside marriage is frowned upon since it goes against real marriage (Eidhamar, Levi Geir 2013). Since homosexuality fundamentally contradicts marriage, it too is frowned upon. Marriage should be regarded as a religious duty for all Muslims. A homosexual predilection does not change that. In that being said, the heterosexual nature is overpowering, leading to the enforcing of such ideas by Muslims. This use to be the case, however, during the past generation, the perception of homosexuality has changed dramatically in the west (Eidhamar, Levi Geir 2013). The Muslim discourse in the west takes upon the influences of the western culture, leading to some Muslims adapting to it, but may also provoke their rejection of the new …show more content…
Going into this paper, my notions of Muslims effected what I looked for to prove my position however, what I believed to be true was not necessary shown. Muslim homosexuals do exist! Muslim gay men and lesbian women are engaged in a complex negotiation with different aspects of their identity from their faith, gender to sexuality. These components of their identity however, are negatively influenced by Islam’s intolerance of homosexuality, which supports and maintains the continued invisibility of LGBT Muslims is society. Homosexuality as a sexual identity is so devalued and degraded, in that, it inhibits homosexuals from expressing and identifying as LGBT Muslims. However, this notion of homosexuality being sinful, in not mentioned explicitly in the Qur’an. Muslim homosexuals face the difficult task of reconciling faith with sexuality within this context, and struggle to accommodate themselves with a religious and ethnic community that legitimates and cultivates the stigmatization of homosexuality because of the significant degree of conflict. Nevertheless, their belief in Islam was evident as they used religious discourse to reformulate their thinking. They achieved this be advocating that they too were the creation of Allah’s will; that they were born gay, and lastly, that their sexuality represented their struggle as it was a

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