Teaching heterosexual couples traditional family values

Sarah Black

In a vote 110-24, Texas passed a budget that will match dollar-for-dollar centers that teach “traditional family values” for heterosexual couples.

Can we all take a moment to please pause and give a heavy sarcastic sigh?

After University of Texas, Texas A&M University and other institutions implemented centers to provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and other sexualities, some commotion went around in the great state of Texas.

State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, believes it is fitting that if we provide safe places for gays and lesbians to learn about their sexuality, we should be paying for the exact same thing for straight folk.

Excuse me “ladies of the gallery,” but that’s cods-wallop and bullshit.

“I’m not treading on their rights to that, to teach alternative sexual behavior,” Christian said.

But dollar for dollar they must advocate heterosexual “traditional values.”

Hate to break it to you Rep. Chistian, but it’s pretty much taught wherever you go that heterosexuality is the “value” of our society. Even “objective” sex education courses (the two that exist in this country) don’t bother teaching anything about homosexual sex, but only educate on the heterosexual sex.

These value centers are purely the homophobic side of the Texas legislature saying “I’m rubber you’re glue, whatever you say to me sticks back onto you.” It’s childish, it’s pointless, and ultimately it’s a waste of Texas taxes on something that is already rampant throughout the country.

We’ve got terrorist and economic problems up the wazoo, and now you’re really going to stress that telling people that putting a penis in the vagina is a necessary traditional value?

Hey, straight couples, raise your hand if you’ve ever been called horribly offensive names because of your sexuality. Now raise your hand if you’ve ever been punched in the face or beaten otherwise for that sexuality. Raise your hand if people refuse to tell you how to have proper and safe sex with your intimate partner because it’s “unnatural” or “disgusting.”

Maybe it’s because I’m just print on the page, but I don’t see any raised hands.

“Traditional values” vary widely from country to country, and even from region to region. In a hodgepodge country like the United States, who gets to dictate what “traditional values” are? What it’s really turning out to look like is that the majority of Texas Legislature thinks they can enforce their own values and opinions given to them by their cultures, which is predominantly homophobic.

And in a room where one representative didn’t even know what a “pansexual” was, I think rather than blowing raspberries at homosexual couples and trying to take away their thunder, we should be focusing on what the hell sex even is.

Being straight in this country is widely accepted and expected, homosexuals and otherwise do not have that same luxury. The purpose of these centers was to allow people of alternate sexualities a chance to open themselves up without fear of being persecuted and relentlessly teased.

It may not be a big problem for the straight couples in society, but gay have to deal with the whole country getting up in arms over who they want to live the rest of their life with all because they don’t have “the right parts.”

The situation is so bad for some of these kids that they end their lives because they have no one to turn to. Imagine not being able to be with the one you love and simultaneously people thinking you’re a horrible person just for loving them.

These are real issues people face daily, and the Texas legislature getting all hot and bothered by it is just a sad attempt to keep this society a patriarchal mess that only listens to daddy when it comes to “the serious issues.”

Texas legislature, get off your high horse and go spend that wasted money on that moat you’re trying to build to keep Mexicans out instead. Because we’re a “traditional” country. We all know that America wasn’t really made up with a bunch of immigrants trying to escape persecuted existences. Let’s be “traditional” here and keep everyone in their white picket fences with their 2.4 kids and their golden retriever named Rover. Because freedom of choice is overrated right?

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