Conservatives routinely accuse gay activists of trying to convert young people to homosexuality. It’s all part of the diabolical “gay agenda”. None of it is true, at least of the dozens of gay activists that I know, none of them want to change anyone’s sexual orientation. We hope to change people’s attitudes to make the world a safer place for LGBTIQ folks.
From having been an Evangelical, Born-Again, Pentacostal, Conservative Christian, I think I understand why the Religious Right slander the queer community. They look at the world through their own world-view. They want to convert the whole world, so they assume the rest of us want to do the same thing.
As an Evangelical, I was taught that my highest call was to share the Gospel of Jesus in hopes of leading many to Christ. At school, on the job, in my neighborhood, I was on the prowl to “save souls”. My church gave me license to exploit any opportunity “for the Kingdom”. I was in a life and death struggle to rescue people from the devil’s clutches.
I believed this and felt that God expected me to use my position of authority at my job in NYC to advance the Gospel.
As a gay activist, I see things very differently. I do not want to convert anyone to Gaydom. Rather I want people to discover who they are and run with it. If you are gay, great. Straight, great. Bi, great. Just be yourself without shame and fear.
Many straight men fear gay men because they believe that the gay men lust after straight men in the same way that many straight men lustfully look at women. This may be a valid fear; I’ve seen (and experienced) that sort of lust.
But the fear that Conversatives have that we are an army of Gay evangelists seeking to devour the youth of America does not hold up.