Interesting Discussion.

starsxfallxup's picture

In Biology the other day we started a new unit on Genetics. Which lead to a very interesting discussion. You can always count on Catherine to ask the weirdest questions in the most hilarious way and have it turn into a fourty-five minute conversation/distraction.

We were copying down a note on Genetic mutations and out of nowhere Catherine asks "Why do gay guys always talk in such girly voices?" and then the question turned into "Why are gay people gay? Is there like a gay gene or something that they are born with?" To which my teacher replied "NO NO PEOPLE ARE NOT BORN GAY, IT'S A LIFESTYLE CHOICE." Stop. First of all let me say that my Biology teacher is actually a very smart woman. Very smart. You know how sometimes when science teachers are teaching a lesson and they need to look up things in the textbook, because there is SO MUCH to know about science no one can possibly remember it all? Well my teacher NEVER needs to do this. She knows EVERYTHING. Even really really random things. She knows it all. I had a great deal of respect for her and she is one of my favourite teachers and her daughter is absolutely amazing and I love her daughter {not in love though}. Second of all after this conversation I came to realize my teacher does not know everything and should probably not talk about things she doesn't know about and because of this disucssion I have lost a little bit of respect for her. Anyways continuing on...

After my teacher said it was a lifestyle choice my mouth dropped. And I laughed. Then Catherine said "But some gay people say they knew from the WOMB that they were gay and knew their WHOLE LIVES" and my teacher said "Psh! You have been watching too much television. People are not born gay! A child could not possibly know that they are gay! Being gay is a lifestyle choice!" and then Catherine said "But gay people don't choose to be gay they just are!" and my teacher said "Ok you are in a science class and before you leave today you need to be thinking logically and scientifically. No one is born gay, it's a lifestyle choice!"

I was laughing nervously the entire time. Me and my friend Jess were exchanging glances across the room because she is the only one in that class who knows about MY gayness. She laughed nervously as well.

Then Catherine asked, "Why do lesbians always feel the need to cut all their hair off? Like, what is WITH that?" (Honestly I don't think this was a serious question because if you knew Catherine then you would know that she will do anything to cause a diversion in the lesson. Still though, it was a pretty dumb question) My teacher replied with "BECAUSE SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE THE MAN AND SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE THE WOMAN!" and I HOWLED. And I put my head down. And I almost fell out of my seat. And my friend Jess was dying too. And so were many other people in the room. But I was dying. I could barely speak I was laughing so hard. Then ten minutes later when everyone was quietly copying down the note my teacher said "SINCE WE JUST HAD THE GAY DISCUSSION I NEED TO TELL YOU ALL THAT NOT ALL GAY PEOPLE HAVE AIDS" And I died again. And I was also shocked that she thought we thought all gay people had aids. But I mostly died. I mouthed to Jess across the room "I have aids!" and she laughed. Many other questions were asked and many dumb things were said but I can't remember them all.

I'm a terrible gay person. All I could do was laugh. I could've answered every single one of their questions PERFECTLY. I have read about gay issues and scientific discoveries regarding homosexuality enough to be able to give an accurate and reliable response. But I couldn't. Partly because it might've involved outing myself to my entire biology class and in effect entire school. Partly because I just sat there and laughed. Mostly out of nerves because I laugh a lot when I'm nervous, but also because I couldn't believe that my teacher ACTUALLY thought that what she was saying was true. I'm a terrible gay person. I feel awful.

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WantsOut's picture

I wish that would happen at

I wish that would happen at my school. Then I could come out with no problem at all and educate my idiotic science class as well!

Written lovingly for you, yes, ONLY you,

WantsOut

starsxfallxup's picture

I kinda wish it would happen

I kinda wish it would happen again. But I go to a Catholic school o_O

WantsOut's picture

oh. Written lovingly for

oh.

Written lovingly for you, yes, ONLY you,

WantsOut

will's picture

same here

The exact same question poped out in our biology class as well(we just finished the genetics unit), but I'm in public school. Good thing was that my teacher only mentioned its complexity. But I was angry when teacher taught us the term "homologue", someone shouted the word "homo" and all my classmates laughed. I just can't pretend to be like everyone else and laugh with them, but I couldnt say anything either. I'm sorry about your teacher's ignorance, maybe you could educate her sometimes.

ShowMeLove's picture

OMG

That's horrible. Where do you live where your teacher would say things like that to her students? That's really messed up. I can understand you not wanting to stand up to her in fear of being outed, though. I doubt that she would've listened to your opinions/facts anyways.

Tomboy for life

starsxfallxup's picture

the sad thing is, I live

the sad thing is, I live just outside TORONTO
pretty much one of the gayest cities..

ShowMeLove's picture

Really?

Toronto? That's crazy. I lived in the GTA my whole life until just recently and I find it hard to believe that a teacher would say things like that, around there. When I read your journal I immediately thought you lived in a southern state in the U.S or somewhere like that, but Canada? I wouldn't think that a teacher would say things like that here, I can imagine them thinking it but actually saying things like that to her students, that's messed up.

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