“The only thing we need to fear is fear itself”
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address.
That’s what I’m trying to tell myself now. Right now, I’m worried that I’m going to cause Queer Landia to explode because of my ineptitude. All of the hard work put forth, all of the well-written posts contributed – blown to pieces. Destroyed. This is my first time writing for another blog other than my own, and, well, it’s sort of scary.
Now that I think of it, isn’t everything sort of scary at first? Your first dive into the deep end, your first trip away from home without your family, heck, your first kiss – didn’t all of these things inspire some level of intimidation in you?
That is, until you discovered how incredible these things really are. The cool and cleansing qualities of water, the freedom you had never experienced before, and the splendid, sensual* feeling of kissing: all things that actually make our lives better. This is what I’m trying to accomplish by contributing to this blog – right now, I’m a little scared of messing up and as a result exemplifying my inexperience, but hopefully as time passes I will grow comfortable and maybe even stir some discussion here. Who knows?
Furthermore, I feel that this reaction – to fear the unknown – is one of the only factors that makes accepting gay people so hard. People are ignorant to the fact that homosexuality is only homosexuality, that a sexual attraction to someone of the same sex is only a sexual attraction to someone of the same sex. For example, Rick Santorum has compared homosexuality to polygamy and bestiality and the downfall of society (I wish I was kidding), but besides his faulty analogy/ slippery slope/ general narrow-mindedness, he really misses the main point: homosexuality is homosexuality. It is what it is. There is nothing to fear… besides fear itself.
A long time ago people used myth to explain things such as nature, social and cultural differences, traditions, etc. Hence, the Greek Gods. Trust me though, none of that is necessary with gays... (image via mythweb.com)
Maybe this is why I respect Queer Landia so much, as well as the It Gets Better Project, the Straight But Not Narrow team, and pretty much everyone else who is educating people about gays and doing what needs to be done to extricate this extraneous fear of homosexuals. And I’m so happy to finally be able to help.
Anyway, that was my attempt at an above average first post… how did I do? By the way, it’s nice to meet all you Queer Landia readers and fellow bloggers! I’m Thomas, I’m sixteen, a junior in high school, Asian-American, obsessed with books and boys (Ke$ha allusion, woo!), self-proclaimed overachiever, tennis player… the list goes on and on. Until next time!
*so the reason I starred the word “sensual” is because I’m not actually sure how to describe kissing… I’ve kissed someone before, but not exactly of the gender I prefer. But that’s another story for another time… for now, someone enlighten me? Ha, just kidding. Sort of.