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Is Being Lesbian and Gay a Gender?

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." —The Great, Harvey Fierstein—

The scales of LGBT Gender or Race

The scales of LGBT Gender or Race

The Gay And Lesbian Gender

I recently ran across a new concept concerning lesbians and gays which suggests that being gay or lesbian is its own gender! A book called "The Big Picture" by Chris Masterson, a student of Biblical Research for over 25 years, has a lot to say about the topic, even going so far as to say that gays may in fact be their own race. Okay, I realize these first sentences have caused many conservatives to implode, but for those of you who still have clear heads, hang in there with me.

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Homosexuality As Its Own Gender Or Race

A cult concept such as homosexuality being its own gender or race is going to make some people feel uneasy. I am a lesbian, and I approached the subject with caution and a "you gotta prove this to me in a big way!" attitude. But, then I thought, "what if Masterson's theory is right?" This one simple concept could change everything surrounding the fight for LGBT political and civil rights. Not to mention destroying the religious extremist's foundational argument which condones hate and discrimination against the LGBT community (among others). Let's see for ourselves if the book "The Big Picture" makes any sense to you by learning more about what Masterson has to say.

Creative Translations Misinterpret the Bible When it Comes to Being Gay

Masterson has an interesting take regarding the original five books of the Old Testament and how they have NOT been translated accurately from the original Jewish Torah. He does have a very clever way to teach about the translation of the King James (KJ) Bible. He explains how the Bible was revised from these original five books and skewed, changing the meaning around the subject of homosexuality. He is very certain that the KJ version of the Bible has been modified to benefit religious homophobics by making gay's appear despised in the eyes of God. Well, if that doesn't stir something within you, I don't know what will.

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Gays And What The Bible Really Says

The author Masterson has his own translation and strongly redefines the meaning for all things surrounding the bible and what it has to say about gays and lesbians. Even saying that homosexuals were in many cases respected leaders, royalty, and scholars who were considered the examples of good citizenship. He believes the KJ Bible translation we have today has been recreated (if you will) to benefit the political and religious power structure. Even though I didn't feel this was totally new information, his theory of how it affects homosexuality in the Bible did keep my attention.

Misinterpretation Of Homosexuality Throughout Time

The book "The Big Picture" has much to say about how homosexuality has been misinterpreted throughout time. It assures us the translation benefits the religious homophobes who did the editing of important written works of our early biblical society. Masterson's rendition had me believing more of his theories and less of the rhetoric expounded from today's pulpits. My skepticism towards his book was waning...

Cure for Homophobia

Cure for Homophobia

A Cure For Homophobia

When looking at the many disorders that plaque our human society, specifically those conditions where people suffer from a specific phobia, Masterson claims homophobia is one of these conditions, and thus it requires a cure. He goes on to explain that any condition which makes a perfectly pleasant person turn 180 degrees from who they seem to be, suffers from said condition. So, when we encounter a nice person who makes a rigorous transition when confronted with homosexual issues, it is logical to say that they are "homophobic."

So what does "The Big Picture" have to say about the cure for homophobia? Simply this: That homophobia is in fact a disorder akin to claustrophobia (fear of enclosed places), arachnophobia (fear of spiders), and keraunophobia (fear of thunder and lightening), each of which are considered medical conditions requiring repair or cure; thus homophobia should not simply be considered a religious condition, but rather a curable phobic-disorder.

Why Homophobes and Not Homosexuals need to be Cured


Instant Hate


Only for ugly shoes



Only when the water is flat 



Only toward paying full price for Berber

Commit Murders


Only on metaphors

Verbal Abuse


Only against self

Disregards Laws


Only at the Pride Parade

Disregards Civil Rights


See above

The Bigotry of Bible Verse Translations

When Masterson begins to define the bible verses that have long been associated with the religious justification for hating homosexuals, we begin to understand just how powerful his work is to the LGBT community. Sited here are two examples directly from Masterson's book "The Big Picture" for you to explore;

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Bigotry In Bible Translations

Example #1:

"...and they justify their bigotry by misquoting or taking out-of-context a myriad of bible verses. As long as they can convince other people that God hates gays, they can openly express their bigotry. Unbeknownst to most, the scriptures they dig up refer to all kinds of things; none of which are our current definition of a homosexual: a law abiding adult citizen who is sexually attracted to his/her own sex."

Bigotry In Bible Translations

Example #2:

"If I dug up every Bible verse that condemned: (1) a man sexually assaulting a woman; (2) a man forcing a woman into prostitution; (3) a man forcing a child to have sex with him; (4) a man purchasing a female sex slave; and (5) a man having sex with another mans wife, then wrap all of these unrelated issues together and then label the package Heterosexuality; then suggest God hates Heterosexuals, then back it up by a story where God destroys heterosexuals via flood; it would be obvious I suffer from a condition that requires professional help. This is exactly what religious homophobes do."

Together we can cure homophobia

6 Queer Quotes

1. "You Could Move."

Was columnist Abigail Van Buren's response to a reader who writes-in to asked, "Dear Abby, what can I do to improve the quality of my neighborhood, because a gay couple is moving in across the street from me?" Two thumbs up Abby!

2. "So are all of my heterosexual patients."

Was Psychotherapist Ernest van den Haag's response to a colleague who told him, "All of my homosexual patients are quite sick."

3. Ed Fallon has an interesting response regarding Gay Marriage in Iowa;

"What are you trying to protect heterosexual marriage from? There isn't a limited amount of love in Iowa. It isn't a non-renewable resource. If Amy and Barbara or Mike and Steve love each other, it doesn't mean that John and Mary can't."

4. Words of the great Harvey Fierstein;

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."

5. Even children's book author Dr. Seuss offers insight;

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

6. Robin Tyler is quoted as saying;

If Michelangelo had been straight, the Sistine Chapel would have been wallpapered.

Danial and Johnathan from the Bible had a great love that was considered above that love between any married man and woman.

Danial and Johnathan from the Bible had a great love that was considered above that love between any married man and woman.

Christians May NOT be Aware That:

  • Jewish Prophets are silent about homosexuality.
  • Jesus says NOTHING about same-sex behavior.
  • Of the one million Bible verses only about seven refer to same-sex behavior—NONE of them refer to homosexual orientation as it is understood today.
  • The Holy Spirit tells of the great love between the male couple Johnathan and Danial four times in the Bible. The Bible never speaks so grandly of any heterosexual married relationship.
  • Removing the presupposition that homosexuality is wrong, it is very difficult to conclude from what the Bible says, IN CONTEXT, that committed, faithful, non-cult same-sex partnerships are wrong.
  • In Mathew 19;11-12 Jesus has some things to say that are positive about "born eunuchs." How does this relate to homosexuals? A "born eunuch" is someone who is born without the desire for opposite sex marriage in the Adam and Eve model. Jesus specifically exempts "born eunuchs" from this Adam and Eve paradigm.
  • The leading anti-gay evangelical, Dr. Robert Gagnon, admits that: "Probably "born eunuchs" in the ancient world did include people who were homosexually inclined..."

I think I have swatted the bee hive enough in this section, moving on now!

Cover of  Chris Masterson's book "The Big Picture" (a cure for Homophobia)

Cover of Chris Masterson's book "The Big Picture" (a cure for Homophobia)

Wrapping-up "Lesbian and Gays Considered a Gender"

As I read through Masertson's book, I found many ideals that I had not before encountered, some a bit too extreme for me, but a few really got me thinking. He manages to back-up his concepts and offers some pretty logical theories surrounding the possibility that homosexuality truly is its own gender, as well as a defined race. Truthfully, I was captivated by this idea alone; he had me at the mention of homosexuality being its own "gender."

After I completed his book, I found myself in a reassuring place where homosexual gender was making good sense. I was hopeful in how this could change everything for a community who now lives locked in the battle for equal rights daily. I actually recommend reading the book, and making your own clear headed assessment. If you are LGBTQ, you may find it difficult to subdue your excitement for Masterson's work. I know I was reading "The Big Picture" with renewed exhilaration!

Comments for "Lesbians and Gays Considered a Gender"

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on August 17, 2012:

@jlpark & Stuffed Animal~ I couldn't agree more with both of you! Gender and genitalia are two different animals! I find it so interesting that the Native-American tribes have a more sophisticated approach to the "male and female" debate than does (some of ) the western world. I respect this wisdom beyond words!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts here.


Stuffed Animal on August 17, 2012:

Homosexual, Bisexual, Heterosexual, Transsexual . . . these ARE genders, or rather, gradations of gender. There is really no such thing as sexual orientation, it's all about gender. The Western world's understanding of gender (fixed on genitalia) is incredibly limited and distorting. What we have between our legs is all about reproduction, not gender. Native-American tribes have a far more sophisticated view of what gender is. Male and female is not the whole story.

Jacqui from New Zealand on August 02, 2012:

I know it's been up a while, but I just want to say thanks for sharing the review of the book, and the information within it. If only the homophobes would take the time to read your hub, and the book, maybe they'd understand we aren't here to hurt them, or their marriage. We here to (Grins)

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on July 02, 2011:

Impressed~ Thanks for the comment. I honestly respect your right to your opinion, I just think a less mean spirited response would have made your point more credible. No circumventing to be had in regard to the gender topic, simply pointing to another great publication that offers another possibility for us to consider. I wish you nothing but goodwill, cheers!

~Always Choose Love~


Impressed on June 26, 2011:

Wow. Can I make up some genders too? This is an awesome way to circumvent science and usurp political power.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on June 16, 2011:

Cags~ First off, thank you for the further input about your hub. I really appreciate you taking the time to share. I also am impressed in the way you take no pretense when it comes to an unfamiliar topic; this alone is a true sign of the humane heart coupled with a spectacular intellect. No better combination can be had in my book. Your final sentence, "Which would also mean, that even if I wanted to write the hub, then it wouldn't contain enough content as per the rules of HP." had me laughing right out loud! You are among my favorites cags...and I am a selective old bird! Hub Hugs as always~


Raymond D Choiniere from USA on June 16, 2011:

Hey K9, I appreciate your kind words and I'm humbled, and honored by your thoughts with regards to myself. That hub I mentioned doesn't touch on gay/lesbian rights, but it does dispel the advocate groups usage of "right to life" and the distortion they have created. The right to life, as I have defined in that hub can be applied universally to all humans.

I haven't written a hub with regards to gays and/or lesbians. It was a hub I did plan on writing at some time or another, but haven't yet. I wrote a hub that touches on morals as an absolute and one could look at them, as a technicality, as such so as to match "God's Will/Law". However, as the other hub "Controversial- Rights vs Morals" points out, the original hub of absolute morals is flawed, due to individual rights. It was done so as to point out the flawed nature of the religious position and the state of society/humanity.

As for my take on gay and lesbian rights, it is what it is, as I have stated in my previous comment. Which would also mean, that even if I wanted to write the hub, then it wouldn't contain enough content as per the rules of HP. :)

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on June 16, 2011:

Cags~ Your brilliant mind has always amazed me. Your definition and debate on the topic of gender for homosexuals is a point well taken. Your hub "Controversial- Rights vs Morals" sounds divine!

I couldn't agree with you more regarding the religious argument surrounding our human rights, it should be clear that judgment is not found on our list of chores as human beings, and rightfully so (couldn't resist).

I would be highly interested in knowing more about your teachings on the subject of human rights, it sounds as if you may in fact have a very humane and honest approach to the matter; one I can appreciate.

You always inspire me to think and love more deeply Cags, thank you for this. I appreciate you stopping by today and sharing your knowledge and brilliance on our human nature! Hub Hugs~


Raymond D Choiniere from USA on June 16, 2011:

Hey K9keystrokes, I have to say you've written an interesting hub, to say the least. However, I would like to possibly shed a little light on common sense. The human species is broken into three types of genders (a)trans (b)male and (c)female, so to think that gays and/or lesbians could be a gender, in and of, themselves is false, because it's solely based on the underlying position. To also add, a person who has had surgery, so as to be trans-gender is considered what exactly? (a)gay (b)lesbian (c)bi-sexual and/or (d)hetero?. A trans-gender could only have sex with one particular gender and not the other, which would by definition, make them either (a) gay (b)lesbian and/or (c)hetero? And, what if a trans-gender only has sex with other trans-genders?

I know I am probably not helping the situation, with regards to identity of the individual, but it appears that too many factors actually need to be taken into account, so as to determine a person's sexual orientation/preference. As for the rest, (a)religious and (b)rights, I would have to say that it is about time that the religious of the world learn their place in this world and quit over stepping their authority as citizens of humanity, with regards to rights. A male or female and/or trans-genders, have and are covered, under basic human rights. Those basic rights are what's been distorted by too many other people passing along misinformation and distortion tactics, so as to control people. The basic human rights- (a)right to life(as defined by my Company-Cagsil and based on my view) is all about an individual right to live their life, how they choose to do. My hub "Controversial- Rights vs Morals", can probably explain in more detail. This simple, but basic right is what has been distorted. As a human being, you are one of the three, as I described, but always retain your basic right to life(as I described it to be). As for gays, lesbians and/or trans-genders, being a race of their own, it's not possible.

I hope I explained that good enough. If any part needs further explanation, then I'll be glad to expand on any of it, as per your request. Thank you for a very well written hub. Thumbs up on the research you put into it. :) And, Thank you very much for bringing this subject to light. :)

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on June 16, 2011:

Really interesting. Last week as part of Shavuot, I attended 2 seminars on trans sexuality and gender identity which were fascinating. This is just more food for thought. Thanks!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on June 13, 2011:

Earth Angel~ I just love what you have to say regarding those who can become inauthentic; brilliant my friend! I am pleased you have chosen to buy a copy of Masterson's book, I would be interested in knowing what you think after reading it.

I had to laugh when you state that being (1)Gay, and (2)woman, I get hit twice as hard as others. Not to let the cat out of the bag EA, but I am actually a trifecta for fodder; I was also born a Jew. I am very grateful for each of these elements of my being. Because these three life components have helped me to build a backbone stronger than any 5' 2" person should be packing around.

I have heard whispers about the book you refer; by Rebbetzin Heather Mendel. I will be acquiring my own copy at your recommendation. It sounds delightful and right in my wheelhouse!

Thank you so much for your input and for stopping by today; I am humbled by your support.

Hub Hugs!


India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on June 13, 2011:

ChatKath~I couldn't agree with you more! The frustration in the face of absent rational can make the LGBTQ fight feel quite daunting at times. I found "The Big Picture" gave me a few, if not several, direct sentences to help ease the sting caused by those who have hate in their misinformed sad hearts. I am so honored that you stopped by to read about the concept of Lesbians and Gays having their own gender; your visit lifts me up!


India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on June 13, 2011:

GoingOnline~ Thanks for the comments. I cringe every time I see the good Christian faith get bathed in hatred for LGBTQ's. The true God loving Christians I know and love so very much, praise their God and give their God power and belief by sharing and spreading love; leaving the hard judgment of others to the Big Guy.

Know that I do agree with you: In my humble opinion, if someone feels the need to picket another who has passed aways funeral, to bring more pain to an already broken-hearted community; you obviously have no idea what being a Good Christian is about and may be better served by sitting in on a few non-judgmental church services instead of plastering hate and bigotry all over the reputation of a wonderfully rich and important religion.

Thanks for commenting today GOL!


India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on June 13, 2011:

Just Ask Susan~ Thank you for taking time to read about MAsterson's book, and my personal feeling surrounding his theories. I agree with your thought that another gender may not change minds, but may certainly assist in the fight for LGBT equal rights. I really appreciate your valuable input.


Kathy from California on June 12, 2011:

Very well done K9, you explained this so well - with finesse and humor, I have to agree with Susan, it is a step in the right direction but some people have such blinders on that it is frustrating to even discuss rationally. Thanks for sharing and for taking that step! Rated up and awesome!

Earth Angel on June 11, 2011:

Dearest K9keystrokes,

This is a wonderful Hub! Rated up across the board! Any time we question life in search of the truth we gain invaluable insights! It's when we blindly accept someone else's interpretation/agenda that we become inauthentic ~ with ourselves and others!

As a gay (1) woman (2) you are hit twice as hard, unfairly! I'm so glad you wrote this Hub! Each time you give words/voice to issues of intolerance, you help raise the consciousness for all! I'm going to order The Big Picture! Thank you!

I too just read a GREAT book that questions the male dominated interpretations of the Bible as it relates to Eve being the downfall! The premise asks, "What if the current version of the story of Adam and Eve is incorrect? What if Eve was not a villain but a heroine?" It's a fascinating read that touches on all marginalized peoples from multi-religious perspectives by Rebbetzin Heather Mendel!

Blessings on your voice and your words of insight and wisdom! Keep questioning! Keep sharing! Earth Angel!

GoingOnline on June 11, 2011:

If people paid so much attention to real world issues as they do to what consenting adults do on their private time the world would be a much better place...

I mean, just imagine, if all that time some religious idiots spend picketing funerals they were actually volunteering to do something useful! Just to name an example.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on June 10, 2011:

K9 This was a very interesting hub to read and has made me really think. Not sure that adding a new gender would change how some people think of gays though, but it as you say "could change everything surrounding the fight for LGBT political and civil rights" which would be a step in the right direction.

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