Are you having a homophobic reaction?

Yes folks, I am back again. This time though, I believe that more of you out there will feel me.

For those of you who don’t feel me, I’m sorry but it is what it is. I felt the need to write this column to address the issue of homophobia and the so-called "frequent" occurrences of homophobic reactions here at our beloved Grambling State University.

I must say that there are some males – and females too in some cases – who physically show utter disgust at even the thought of a homosexual person being in their presence. But there are also those people out there who do not have a problem with homosexuals and their doings, as long as they don’t have to be a party to it.

Now when I say be a party to it, I don’t mean watching them do the "bedroom boom" but just any outward display of their homosexuality that may make a heterosexual person feel uncomfortable.

In my time as a GSU student, I have come across what some of you would call "flaming" homosexuals, and I must admit that their flamboyance has, on occasion, made me feel that the individual had gone too far.

For those of you who may not understand what it is that I am getting at, all I am saying is everyone doesn’t have to know that you are a homosexual. True enough it may be your choice but you don’t have to share it with the world in order to feel like a somebody.

I love all people whether they are gay, straight, black, brown, green, or purple. But if I happen to run into a green person, I don’t want them boasting and bragging, no matter how they are doing it, that they are green.

I know all of the crap about freedom of speech and everyone having the right to live life the way they see fit. But doing so does not entail broadcasting it to the world, or even the small college community around you.

I understand that with new times come new things. But so many things come and go under the radar in life without most people even knowing that it existed in the first place. So the question is: What makes homosexuality so much more important than anything else in the world?

But for those of you out there who happen to suffer from homophobia, please wake up and smell the roses. You would not want anyone snickering and teasing you for being black, white or whatever race you may be. So have a little consideration for others and keep your comments – if you can’t say anything nice – to yourself because homosexual people are people too, just like you and me.

I guess what I am saying to all of you is this: Mind your own business and keep it to yourself if you are so sensitive about it.


Wendell Graves is a graduate student from Shreveport.