Monday, November 12, 2012

The Right Criteria

Never judge a book by its cover.

Last week, history was made when Tammy Baldwin was elected in the US Senate becoming the first openly gay politician to reach such rank. This milestone portrays the how liberal the US is regarding this issue however in the Philippines, recent survey estimates that more than half of the Filipinos have negative attitude toward homosexuality.

Personally, I find this result very disappointing. Filipinos are yet to be open minded of the world outside the box called religion. As a matter of fact, homosexuals in the Philippines are constantly criticized and condemned not only by the church but by their fellow peers as well. Gays have become victims of aging traditions and culture. And in the end, many suffer emotional distress due to lack of societal acceptance.

Now this issue is really bugging me off, what difference will it make if someone is hetero or not? Will he's capabilities and talents be affected by his sexuality? Can he no longer be of use to the society because of the choice he made? It is only this bias mindset of us that makes it all difficult to accept such ideology. But if we only widen our perspective we will be able to see that sexuality has nothing to do with performance, it does not depict the worth of a person.

As far as I am concerned, people must stop judging gays as useless and salot. Many of them has different stories to tell. They too have feelings. Sa totoo nga, marami ring bakla ang dapat hangaan. We should always keep in mind that sexuality is never a criteria in judging people, personality is. After all. being straight does not assure anyone of success and happiness but having the right personality does.

Telling the world what I see is true,


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