Friday, August 29, 2014

Alternate sexual lifestyles:
Musings by: Joe P. Attanasio

I am, what one might call, an old fashioned heterosexual male. I grew up with Christian teachings both in school and at home. The subject of alternate lifestyles was never discussed in either place. We knew there were “gay” people in the world. That is the name we used when referring to them in the late 50’s and early 60’s. The word “queer” was around but it had such a degrading connotation to it that most people I knew avoided using it.

There was no hatred felt or expressed toward gay people among my friends. They simply had different feelings of what they were attracted to. In other words, sixty years ago we accepted them as friends for who they were not what they believed.

In today’s world (real life and literature) there are many alternate sexual lifestyles:

Polyamory is gaining popularity. In Polyamory relationships it is not uncommon to have multiple significant others. This is an emotional connection with multiple partners, and overcoming jealousy to have meaningful relationships with each of their partners.

Sadomasochism (S&M) is usually combined with Bondage, Dominance/discipline, Sadism/slave and Masochism/master (BDSM).

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender are often referred to using the initialism LGBT and often refers to anyone who is non-heterosexual.

Gender Fluid is a gender identity best described as a dynamic mix of boy and girl. A person who is Gender Fluid may always feel like a mix of the two traditional genders, but may feel more boy some days, and more girl other days.
Being Gender Fluid has nothing to do with which set of genitalia one has, nor their sexual orientation.

The truth is that the alternative sexual lifestyles of yesterday are becoming mainstream at a steady pace in today’s society.

Regardless of spiritual beliefs or social opinion, the people involved in “alternate sexual lifestyles” are first and foremost PEOPLE. As such they deserve the same respect and love that we should show all people.

I am sharing a poem I wrote a few years ago that deals with this subject.

Not always a choice!
BY: Joe P. Attanasio

Sexual orientation is not a choice
That people just decide to voice
It is all a matter of how one feels
Who arouses you, who appeals

To yourself, you must submit
Not always easy to admit
Social and peer pressure felt
Retributions, might be dealt

Some accept, some feel strange
And wish that they could change
But inside; the way you feel
Can’t be changed, just by zeal

We are all born a certain way
Feelings we cannot betray
If we try to contradict
Forever we’ll be in conflict

Embrace who and what you are
Don’t shy away; grab that star
You do; what you have to do
To let peace and happiness come through

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