mental health has nothing to do with being gay
If anyone in Western Europe or North America has a problem with homosexuality then it most likely comes down to their own fears and prejudices. The plain fact is that in most civilised societies homosexuality is now a perfectly acceptable practice, as is lesbianism, bisexuality, or being transsexual. Some draw the line at men being very camp and wearing makeup, but that’s more a question of taste rather than being bigoted against gay men. But there are some places where it would be very risky to be openly gay.
In the 50s and 60s the life of a gay man was a secret, in fact homosexuality was illegal in England until 1967 ~ you could go to prison for being actively gay. The situation was much more complicated in the USA with sodomy being illegal throughout the USA until 1962. After that various states became more liberal at various times up until 2006 when Missouri repealed it’s. law against homosexual conduct. Virginia had laws against lewd and lascivious cohabitation until 2013.
But, if you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transsexual there are still whole swathes of the world where to openly show it will get you thrown into jail for a long time; Saudi Arabia, Russia, most of Africa…..
The plain fact is that if you’re not straight keep it strictly in private unless you positively KNOW that where you are fully accepts homosexuality and all the other LGBT / LGBTIQA practices ~ and even then you’re sometimes going to come across the occasional bigot who just likes gay bashing.
Personally, I fully accept homosexuality and bisexuality, but I would prefer that gay men didn’t kiss while I was around. That doesn’t mean I’d say anything to them, but I’d probably get up and leave wherever I was. Most straight men, myself included, are more accepting and understanding of lesbianism, but that’s because we tend to bracket it with soft porn. Reprehensible I know, but most men are hard-wired a certain way, and there’s not much anyone is going to do about that for the rest of this century.
The plain fact is, in civilised societies homosexuality, lesbianism, and bisexuality, are mostly acceptable ~ just don’t frighten the horses.
I’m not gay, I’m mentally ill ~ and that carries an even greater negative stigma than homosexuality.