I Used to be Homophobic (But I’m Gay)

Despite now being an openly gay conservative, there was once in my life that I used to be moderately homophobic. As I have mentioned on Twitter, the first presidential election I closely followed was the 2008 election between Barack Obama and John McCain. While I never believed McCain was the perfect candidate, I supported him over then-candidate Obama. It should be noted that I was only in high school during this election and was not old enough to vote.

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In high school, some of my political beliefs were actually different from what they are now. For example, I used to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and was opposed to former President Obama’s decision to reduce the number of troops abroad. Today, I am generally a non-interventionist with the exception of when American security is threatened. In addition, I used to be more conservative on social issues, including being opposed to same-sex marriage and homosexual conduct altogether.

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Despite being morally opposed to homosexual conduct, I never hated or disliked anyone who was openly gay. In fact, high school was when I first started to experiment with my own sexuality; however, I dismissed those incidents as being flukes. In my high school government course, I defended the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military, which allowed homosexuals to serve in the military as long as they kept their sexual preference in the closet. Today, I believe both homosexuals and transgender individuals should be allowed to serve in the military so long as they pass the same physical and mental health requirements as everyone else.

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Until the first half of my freshman year of college, I was opposed to same-sex marriage but supported civil unions. I argued that marriage was a religious commitment between one man and one woman, but I believed that same-sex couples should have the same benefits as straight couples at a governmental level. Today, in theory, I believe the government should exit the marriage business altogether. However, I am content with the Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriage in all fifty states.

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Despite my beliefs on homosexuality and other political issues changing throughout my early adult life, I actually did not come out of the closet until almost the end of my undergraduate career. At one point, I was a hardcore libertarian, supporting open borders and no government intervention in the economy, but now, my views have moderated on both issues. Currently, I support a controlled, merit-based immigration system and understand the importance of assimilation into American culture. I also believe government has a limited responsibility to intervene in the economy in order to protect the environment and consumers (e.g., regulate big tech and social media companies as public utilities).

As I learn more information and expose myself to a variety of viewpoints, I do not expect my opinions to necessarily change, but I do expect them to evolve.

 

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One comment

  1. It’s okay to change your views on issues. If you’re in complete lockstep 24/7 with one party, or anyone, you’re not thinking for yourself! I identify as socially conservative, but disagree on some aspects of the conservative community too mainly on religion, being secular…

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