You may think I am crazy for trying to make such an analogy. Let me explain to you how I came to this. First of all, I am a vegetarian.
“Why don’t you eat meat?”
“What do you eat if you don’t eat meat?”
“Come to my parents’ house for two weeks, and they will convince you to eat meat again.”
“Is this a trend now?”
“If you start eating meat, you won’t be so skinny.”
“You don’t know what you’re missing.”
The list of comments, remarks, and tips could go on, as I’ve heard many of them since I stopped eating meat.
When you give up meat, it goes without saying that you need to get used to such comments. That is especially the case in countries where culture or religion supports meat consumption. While some words are funny, others can be annoying. Some people will repeatedly try to convince a vegetarian that they need to return to eating meat. Their opinion is that eating meat is healthier, and I am sure their intentions are good. Will they succeed? Rarely. We decide for ourselves, and we usually stick to it.
While vegetarianism is a choice, being gay is not. I want to hang a big stop sign visible to anyone trying or thinking of trying to turn a homosexual into a heterosexual. It’s a lost battle from the start.
People opt for vegetarians for a variety of reasons. When we are babies, we eat what our parents give us; some foods we like, some don’t. Picky or not, we eventually choose what we want to eat. More and more vegetarians, especially vegans, still have to face the questions and comments of almost everyone around them. Explanations exist. One of these is that you don’t want to support killing animals. Most people who do not question the reasons for your choice will accept you. Some of them will try to convert you, but generally, they won’t force it too much.
As for sexuality, we were born that way. When people wonder, there is no real explanation. Open and tolerant people will not interfere in this. They will accept someone’s orientation as if they accept their dietary preferences. Others will give you the feeling that something is wrong with you. Some will try to change you. If anyone ever thought this was possible, let me tell you: there is no such possibility. Still, there is a slight chance to persuade a vegetarian successfully to eat meat again if the person is not too determined.
Gay people sometimes end up in a normal relationship because it may give them a more manageable way through life. However, there is no possibility of anyone changing someone’s sexual orientation with conviction. Is this the kind of life we should live?
Does society give indulgence that allows everyone to express their sexual orientation freely? Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Things are slowly changing. A determined vegetarian will no longer be able to touch the meat, but they will not hide it in any way. A gay man who is not strong enough to face prejudice can pretend to be heterosexual because of contact with the outside world. Isn’t that ironic?
I know I’m repeating myself, but the central message is that the choice is to be a vegetarian; being a homosexual is not. Gay people may not even realize it at first, as heterosexuality is all assumed and expected by everyone. Sooner or later, they start to feel it. They can’t change that.
Why would anyone be judged?! Why should anyone explain when there is nothing to say?! Let everyone express themselves freely. Everyone should enjoy love and life on their terms, disregarding the opinions of others.
Think. Try. Understand. Accept. Allow everyone to live and love.
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"In hope of a world, that does not celebrate the fake & the cold
In hope of a world where true emotions can be uphold
In hope of a world where truth is told
In hope of the world where sugar coated abuses are not sold
In hope of a world that does not force you to fit in & fold
In hope of a world where tears are allowed to unfold
You are not told to fake happy when your heart can no longer hold
In the hope of a world that doesn’t go numb & cold,
While faking positivity & not being bold
In hope of that world where you & I can be true to our core
We are not judged for being human
And not expected to be a bot, running on a computer code
Let the beauty of true emotions and the warmth of real unfold
Sweet, sour, bitter, happy, sad, high, low, cold
Sincere bonds and true connects
Let us not turn the world into a fake emotion(less) zone"
by Vanashree Yadav