Once again, this is likely to be a controversial post. I hope I do not offend anyone with what I have to say.
I feel that this is a subject which needs to be addressed, yet I’ve found that very little has actually been written about it.
Homosexuality is nothing new. Our ancestors practised it quite openly, and there were rarely (if any) recriminations. In contrast, in many other cultures worldwide, to be gay was frowned upon and in some cases was even a criminal offence, punishable by death.
Yet in Scandinavia, it simply wasn’t taboo.
Indeed, gender dysphoria is also nothing new – obviously it was not spoken about often, and surgery/hormone treatments did not exist – but there are plenty of historical accounts which describe men and women who felt trapped in their own bodies. Many of them were transvestites, but a great deal more suffered in silence.
In kemetic (ancient Egyptian) mythology, several deities supposedly possessed the ability to swap gender at will. Several were even asexual (able to reproduce by themselves with no assistance from the opposite sex).
Sadly, in modern times, despite recent generations being more tolerant of such people, there is still a lot of stigma attached.
A lot of so called heathens believe that homosexuality and gender dysmorphia are signs of weakness. In their view, men should be masculine, and women should be feminine.
Perhaps rather tellingly, the majority of people who hold these opinions are men who are usually accepting of lesbians, but not gay men.
Whilst it is true that most women have bisexual tendencies, I feel that this opinion is very misogynistic, and ultimately undermines our core heathen values.
I am no feminist (I think that modern feminism is a disgrace), but I am strongly against this old fashioned, outdated viewpoint which dictates that lesbians are acceptable purely because most men find the notion attractive.
Men like these are hypocrites. They would most likely cut off their left arm for the chance to watch a couple of women in bed together, yet they would feel repulsed if two men did the same.
I understand that it may not be attractive if you are a heterosexual male, but why must you react so negatively (in many cases, aggressively)?
Unless they are doing it in front of you, there is really no justification for your anger!
Many of these so called heathens believe that homosexuals and transgenders should not be allowed to practise Ásatrú. But why not? Does it threaten the macho man image you’ve oh so carefully cultivated? This sort of chauvinism is far more suited to the Abrahamic faiths!
In my opinion, a ‘true’ heathen would welcome anyone into our ranks, regardless of their sexuality or gender. Our ancestors most probably would have accepted them, so why shouldn’t we?
In order to follow the ancient path, we need to think like those who walked it before us. It is ironic that what would have been fairly ordinary a thousand years ago is now taboo; humanity has gone backwards in terms of acceptance and morality.
After speaking to several gay and trans heathens/pagans, it is clear to see that their personal wants and needs have no real impact on their faith. Yet many have reported negativity from members of our community.
This truly saddens me. To be heathen is to celebrate individuality and reject conformity – to be the wolf, not the sheep.
It seems that the most well used excuse for this intolerance is the potential impact gay/trans people could have on our species. But this argument is full of flaws:
1. As I’ve already stated, such things have been practised since the dawn of mankind; the worldwide population has grown at an alarming rate, therefore it has clearly not had any detrimental effect on our species.
2. Purely for clarification, I shall attempt to use a numerical example (I am not good at arithmetic, but I’m sure you can see my point for yourselves): statistics showed that in 2016 only 0.01% of the UK population was an ‘official’ transgender – meaning that they’d undergone surgery or treatment. Even if you factor in those who are simply transvestites, and even those who haven’t yet come out of the closet so to speak, the percentage probably wouldn’t be higher than 5%. If you add on homosexuality statistics, you get a rough figure of 6.5% of the UK population who will probably not reproduce due to being transgender/homosexual. If you apply the same equations to the worldwide population, the figure would be nowhere near half! In actual fact, barely even a quarter!
The same people who are whining about trans/gay people not reproducing are the same ones who would start riots if they did (don’t forget – many freeze their sperm and eggs for artificial insemination). What about career men/women who choose not to have children? Will they also be subjected to such levels of hatred for their life choices?
I could say a lot more, but I will end it here. In conclusion, my point is that there are far greater threats to humanity than homosexuals/transgenders. I for one – a straight female – will always accept them. Anyone who doesn’t should probably find another belief system more suited to their prejudice.