While in high school I met my first openly gay person, a 16 old kid who happened to be dating a man twice his age*. Since then I’ve had quite a few gay and lesbian friends and over the years I’ve developed an outlook on life that doesn’t include judging people based on their sexual preference or orientation. Some of my best friends over the years have been gay or bisexual. They are good people and my life would be worse off without them.
What gives me the right to say how somebody finds happiness in this world? How do I know what is best for someone else when there are times I’m not sure I know what’s best for me?
But watching Milo Yiannopoulos crash and burn over comments supportive of pedophilia reminded me that many of my friends had confessed to having had same-sex relationships with adults while they were underage. The LGTBQ+ community has successfully mainstreamed homosexuality in part by either ignoring evidence of homosexual pedophilia or attacking those who breach the subject. Yet the dirty little secret remains that many gay, lesbian and bisexual youth have same-sex encounters with adults while under age.
The percentage of homosexual pedophiles ranges from 9% to 40%, which is approximately 4 to 20 times higher than the rate of adult men attracted to other adult men (using a prevalence rate of adult homosexuality of 2%-4%). [5,7,10,19,29,30] This finding does not imply that homosexuals are more likely to molest children, just that a larger percentage of pedophiles are homosexual or bisexual in orientation to children. As quoted. Source.
I believe Milo’s statements originated from this fact, and that he forgot how controversial this fact remains both within and outside of the LGTBQ+ community. This should neither condone Milo’s remarks nor condemn the broader LGTBQ community. But the fact remains that sex with minors is tolerated in the LGTBQ+ community, condoned as “coming of age” or a sexual awakening for the young in ways that aren’t accepted in the heterosexual community.
Society has a right to protect its children, and the age of consent laws remain prudent barriers to doing so. They should be respected regardless of sexual orientation and it’s in the best interest of the LGTBQ+ community to support these laws. Nevertheless I’m not sure the leftist orientation of the community will stop with equality with heterosexuals, and may ultimately seek the overthrow of these laws as it refuses to “declare victory” and insists on continued aggression towards the outside community by supporting bathroom access laws which endanger women.
*Around the same time one of my friends, a girl also 16, was dating a guy in his mid-30s, the lead singer of a punk rock band. St. Louis was weirder than one would think.