Today is IDAHO Day or the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, to highlight “that in reality it is homophobia that is shameful and must be deconstructed in its social logic and fought against openly”. We need to be mindful that while our communities experience homophobia it is not our issue alone, it is that of a society which labours under the weight of heteronormativity, a political lie. Heteronormativity, a “concept that reveals the expectations, demands, and constraints produced when heterosexuality is taken as normative within a society”. Therefore, by default labelling all non-conforming representations to the ideal sex, sexuality, gender identity, and gender roles i.e. LGBTI as deviant and legitimate targets for social sanction. The principal example of a social sanctions here Homophobia, a penalty to ensure compliance by all not just our communities to the norm.
While the Rainbow Nation champion’s action against homophobia, two barriers remain for us to overcome this root of all discrimination and persecution.
- How can we argue against homophobia when we may discriminate against for example effeminate men, people who identify as transgender and/or bisexual?
- We do not tend to embrace the full diversity of the Rainbow Nation rather we tend to engage in similar normative themed arguments as our detractors.
Whether I was born this way or not
AS I AM