Aug
12
2014

“How Gay are We?”: Gay Games 2014

“How Gay Are We?” is the question posed on this month’s cover of Cleveland Magazine, over a silhouette of a rainbow Cleveland skyline. This headline and the corresponding article are recognizing the upcoming Gay Games that take place in the Northeast Ohio city August 9-16. The article goes through a brief history of Cleveland’s LGBTQ culture, mentioning only briefly that Ohio voters are “equally split” on the same-sex “marriage” debate. The overwhelming majority of the article speaks of how the fight for marriage equality and “civil rights” must continue, and mentions the many times in Cleveland history in which the fight has not always been “rainbow colored”, citing most recently the tragic murder of three transgender individuals in 2013. While few would argue that every human being has a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, many scratch their heads at the LGBTQ community’s definition of equality, and those of us who dare to question their motive are being increasingly silenced from public dialogue. The upcoming Gay Games demonstrate this quandary. For those who say they desire their definition of equality, one may wonder why those in the LGBTQ community are reinventing the wheel in so many ways?

Cleveland (Image source: cleveland.com)

Cleveland (Image source: cleveland.com)

The Gay Games began in 1981 as a “vehicle of change”. While the games are open to anyone who would like to participate, only about 10% of the participants do not identify as gay. According to the website, the impetus for these games was that in the 1980s, being an athlete or identifying as gay were mutually exclusive. Today, this is not the case—as  illustrated by Jason Collins, with his Sports Illustrated cover story and Michael Sam’s same-sex Draft Day smooch. The Gay Games expects upward of 9,000 participants as well as around 20,000 spectators. The events include everything from the typical diving, soccer, ice hockey, and figure skating to the perhaps not-so typical cheerleading, “dancesport”, darts and rock climbing.

If those in the LGBTQ community desire what they see as equality, why are they constantly doing things to separate themselves? In addition to the Gay Games, there is also Miss Gay America, as well as Gay Pride Parades that occur in seemingly every city across the world. The problem? There are already sporting events, pageants and parades all across America. One cannot help but wonder why those in the LGBTQ community insist upon doing their own thing, making things different, when they can just as easily participate in the events already in place.

If those in the LGBTQ community want equality, why is it as if no one is permitted to question their lifestyles, when just about every other lifestyle is debated and questioned? In the Cleveland Magazine article, it is written, “In fact, two of the three taxi companies operating at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport faced objections from dozens of drivers, who refuse to tote LGBT fliers to and from the airport during the games. At the third company, at least two drivers will also take the time off.” This was written in reference to the fact that not everyone is excited about the Gay Games coming to their hometown, and the tone seemed to many of its readers to be sarcastic and dismissive. If living the homosexual lifestyle is not allowed to be questioned, the issue no longer able to be debated, why is seemingly every other lifestyle fair game in public conversation? Take marathon running for example. If a person says she is training for a marathon, without a doubt someone will tell them about the dangers of extreme running. If a person is a vegetarian, they will get questioned as to how they obtain their iron source. And, if a mother chooses not to breast feed her baby, someone will without a doubt make a comment about the immune system risks with bottle feeding. These unsolicited two cents are to be expected by people who make, really, any choice in life. While people may be rightfully angry with people who question their lifestyles, it is a part of being part of rational human society. Why can we not question the gay lifestyle?

My issue with same-sex “ marriage” is that I believe (in conformity with science and the behavior of all animals) that sex is, first and foremost, for procreation. The minute that fact became separated from sex, and sex became solely a form of pleasurable recreation, we lost the battle. When contraception was introduced in to every day life, the mentality toward sex changed. Pope Pius XI wrote in his encyclical letter, Casti Connubii, “No reason, however grave, can make what is intrinsically contrary to nature to be in conformity with nature and morally right. And since the conjugal act by its very nature is destined for the begetting of children, those who in exercising it deliberately frustrate its natural power and purpose are acting against nature, and are doing something that is base and intrinsically immoral”

How gay are we? My answer would be that it shouldn’t matter. Sexual orientation is not the whole of our identity, or at least, I believe it should not be. People are people, and we are all Americans. The LGBTQ community redefines so many things that it is as if they are creating a parallel culture.  Magnifying differences between traditional American culture and LGBTQ culture also magnifies the degree of separation between the two. Play games in leagues just like the rest of us. March in community parades with your favorite community organization. Redefining the wheel is unnecessary. Become a part of the American culture that already exists and focus on becoming One Nation again.

Brittany Higdon is a native of Ohio and has been residing in the Washington, DC area for the past six years.  She holds a B.A. from Franciscan University of Steubenville and an M.Ed from the University of Virginia. She is a Reading Specialist and is passionate about Catholic education. When she is not teaching or writing, she is exploring the Smithsonian Museums, traveling, and playing with her ferocious Dachshund/Yorkie cross named Cannoli.
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  • Dirk Baeten

    “Sexual orientation is not the whole of our identity, or at least, I believe it should not be.” I think this is one essential part of the current situation. It’s an idea created at the end of the 19th century, that our sexual acts define who we are. It should be abandoned entirely so as not to focus people’s lives too much on sexuality. I recommend this article: http://www.firstthings.com/article/2014/03/against-heterosexuality However, homosexual acts have always existed, just like many other forms of sexuality which can rightly be questioned, and this is the other part of the situation, it’s that our nature has been affected by sin, and to understand this requires a view on life which transcends the material universe.

  • Baron Kaza

    Praying for God’s Wrath daily………

  • Steph

    I agree with the Church’s position on the sinfulness of homosexual acts (not state of being), but it doesn’t make sense to disparage them for wanting to have a gathering of like-minded individuals. That’s like saying there’s no reason to have a St. Patrick’s day parade when Irish people could just participate in a Thanksgiving parade, or of having a special Olympics for the disabled, or having a Catholic spiritual retreat when anyone could attend a generic Christian retreat.

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  • cminca

    “One cannot help but wonder why those in the LGBTQ community insist upon doing their own thing, making things different, when they can just as easily participate in the events already in place.”

    I look forward to your petition to the NY St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers telling them to let gays openly march.

    • AJ Jackson

      Again, why must we make the St. Patrick’s Day parade about celebrating homosexuality? It’s a celebration for St. Patrick. Not one’s inclinations.

  • cminca

    “The LGBTQ community redefines so many things that it is as if they are creating a parallel culture. Magnifying differences between traditional American culture and LGBTQ culture also magnifies the degree of separation between the two. Play games in leagues just like the rest of us. March in community parades with your favorite community organization. Redefining the wheel is unnecessary. Become a part of the American culture that already exists and focus on becoming One Nation again.”

    You clearly have no idea what it is to be gay in America–even with all the changes over the last decade.

    Your post is so ignorant it is offensive.

  • lucho gatica

    Please spend some time with science and close your last century encyclicals for a minute. Books will help you understand human and animal basic biology. Maybe then you will understand what gender and sexual orientation are. Maybe you will use the term ” lifestyle ” “natural ” “intrinsic” correctly. Anthropology and mental health books and experts will help also. If not your next article will be abut sending a gay penguin to therapy ? and condemn his/her unnatural lifestyle at the zoo..

    • AJ Jackson

      So we are to get our morality from animals, is that what you’re saying?

    • Pacemaker in Terris

      Mira Lucho tomando tus propios argumentos pseudo cientificos. Hasta el momento no existe ningún argumento conclusivo al respecto y la Iglesia no solo basa sus conclusiones en sus enciclicas, también usa lo que la ciencia va descubriendo, recuerda que las primeras universidades nacieron del seno de la Iglesia Católica y aún todavía las más prestigiadas instituciones en el mundo universitario son católicas. Dado que al parecer no te has dado cuenta, la Iglesia Católica toma honestamente muy en cuenta los descubrimientos de la ciencia imparcial, como toda ciencia debe ser, y, no aquella al servicio de oscuros intereses.

      • lucho gatica

        Que facil es decir “argumentos pseudoscientific” para invalidar un argumento, Los estudios sobre la biologia animal, el genero y la sexualidad son Muy serios. Estos estudios han comenzado con fuerza en las mejores universidades y sus conclusiones estan publicafos por revistas muy respetables. Que facil meterse en el pasado y llenarse la boca con glorias catolicas de hace siglos. Mucho cura ayudo a las ciencias en el pasado pero mucho Obispo tapo el sol con un dedo como usted intenta hacerlo. La mayoria de Los antropologos, biologos, medicos y muchos catolicos como yo tienemos ya Muy claro estos asuntos sobre la homosexualidad y seguimos estudiando. Tristemente existen personas como usted estancadas en “verdades” que si son pseudosientificas , pero no la acuso de tener intereses oscuros , no, se que Lo hace con buena intencion, y le debe dar una gran seguridad. El sol no gira al rededor de la Tierra , pero usted es Muy libre de creer que si.

  • David

    The fact that you seem to think a denial of accommodations, such as use of taxis, is “questioning someone’s lifestyle” on the same level as dissing a vegetarian yells me you gave a lot to learn about being gay in America and elsewhere, like say the Middle East, where glbt citizens are murdered in cold blood just for existing. Your comments about the need, or desire, for “gay pride events”, while something I agree with on one level, ignores the fact that glbt citizens are often excluded from the events you suggest they participate in, such as Saint Oatrick’s Day parades on the East Coast. This was a pretty ignorant post. I’m catholic and do my best to live my chaste life according to the teaching of the church, but I’m not going to support ignorance.

    • AJ Jackson

      The St. Patrick’s Day parade is about celebrating St. Patrick, not homosexuality.

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  • AJ Jackson

    Good article, well written, and logical. It’s bound to offend those who insist on acting out their desires, but it’s necessary to speak the truth boldly.

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