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Twitter is a source of much frustration. Sometimes news comes in excerpts in ur left with commenting without the full facts. Yes you can find out more about the news but then again most of the time u just go with what little info that u read and comment or give opinions based on that. The latest bit of information that appeared on my timeline was about a supposed checklist of sorts which was endorsed by the education ministry with the view of educating parents on the tell tale signs of being gay.

Symptoms of gays:

  • Have a muscular body and like to show their body by wearingV-neck and sleeveless clothes;
  • Prefer tight and light-coloured clothes;
  • Attracted to men; and
  • Like to bring big handbags, similar to those used by women, when hanging out.

Symptoms of lesbians:
  • Attracted to women; 
  • Besides their female companions, they will distance themselves from other women; 
  • Like to hang out, have meals and sleep in the company of women; and 
  • Have no affection for men.

The guideline in itself is full of gross generalizations which is not even funny. Like a half arsed attempt at trying to find common traits and to paint a generalized picture. The more worrying bit is the fact that the guideline exist in the first place.

Masking its intent as educating parents, the guidelines potentially are precursors to more discriminatory and prejudiced actions. Instead of understanding the issue and attempting to provide real solutions, we
have managed to simplistically assume that being gay is a disease and as with any disease it can be prevented if not even cured. The assumption that, yes, having identified the supposed traits, parents can just simply ask or force their kids to stop behaving such way will go a long way towards cleansing their children from being gay. This is just a load of bull.

Personally I think each one of us face our own individual battles and have our own demons to slay. We would do humanity a great service if we start to understand more rather than to assume and generalize.

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