Are we moving towards a world beyond gay and straight?

Peter Tatchell
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February was LGBT History Month in the UK. The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia comes up in May. It’s followed by the start of the Pride Parade season. This runs from late May through to September, with hundreds of events across Britain to acknowledge, celebrate and push forward the drive for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) acceptance and equality.

In a society that has, until fairly recently, victimised and marginalised LGBT people, the affirmation of our identity, culture and history is a welcome and much-needed correction.

But what about the future?

Although LGBT people are persecuted in most parts of the world, and in some countries this persecution is intensifying, and in the West we are steadily progressing towards a post-homophobic society.

If this western trend continues, and if it is eventually replicated in other nations too, how will this transition to understanding and acceptance affect the expression of human sexuality?

What would happen if societies evolved into a state of sexual enlightenment, where the differences between hetero and homo no longer mattered? How might this affect the future of same-sex desire and identity?

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