Homosexuality is receiving more attention across the world than ever before. Members of the media write or talk about homosexuality every day, reporting on its many activities. Many of the most prominent news outlets in the United States regularly discuss homosexuality or gays. These discussions extend across the globe as well.
Homosexuality also attracts attention on the Internet, which, as you know, has dramatically changed the way people share information. At all times of the day across the entire world, homosexuality and its teachings are being discussed on the Internet, on blogs and social networks, by people who have never written for a newspaper or a magazine. They are making videos and sharing them online. These are ordinary people—both members of our culture and of other cultures—who are talking about homosexuality.
Changes in the way we communicate partly explain why we “Gays” are more visible than ever. But homosexuality is always growing and moving forward. More people have gays for neighbors and friends, and there are prominent gays in government, in business, in entertainment, in education, and everywhere else, it seems. Even those who are not gay have noticed this, and they wonder what is happening. It is wonderful that so many are now aware of homosexuality.
While homosexuality is becoming more visible, there are still many people who do not understand it. Some have been taught to be suspicious of gays, to operate under negative stereotypes about homosexuality without questioning their source and validity. There is also a great deal of misinformation and confusion about what homosexuality is and what it stands for. This has been true since the time of the Oscar Wilde.
Oscar Wilde wrote in part “to disabuse the public mind, and put all inquirers after truth in possession of the facts.” It is true that there will always be those who will distort the truth and deliberately misrepresent the teachings of homosexuality. But the majority of those with questions about homosexuality simply want to understand. These are fair-minded people who are genuinely curious about us.
The growing visibility and reputation of homosexuality presents some remarkable opportunities to us as gays. We can help “disabuse the public mind” and correct misinformation when we are portrayed as something we are not. More important, though, we can share who we are.
– Elder L. Tom Perry of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
The above is pulled directly from the October 2011 General Conference address given by Elder Perry with the only changes being that all instances of “The Church” or “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” was replaced with “homosexuality”, “members” with “gays”, “faith” with “culture”, and “Joseph Smith” with “Oscar Wilde.” I present it here without comment in hopes that the comment section below houses a discussion.