Amongst a number of widespread misconceptions about queer people, associating homosexuality to pedophilia is an age old one. Queer people, for a very long time, have been accused of being pedophiles. There have also been deliberate attempts by queerphobic individuals and pedophiles alike to include pedophilia in the LGBTQ+ community. Not only that, pedophiles use phrases like “clovergender” ( people who haven’t mentally matured past the age of 13, and hence should be allowed to date children) or “Minor Attracted Persons” to troll queer people. Pedophiles claim that if queer people are valid, then so are they.
The fact of the matter, however, remains that pedophilia is not a part of LGBTQ+ community. Pedophiles are nothing but sexual predators. They prey on those who cannot give their consent: children. This action of associating actual sexual predators to queer people in turn serves two diabolical purposes: first, it’s an attempt to garner acceptance for pedophilia from the society; and second, it’s a tool for homophobes to invalidate queer identities and sexualities in our society. In the day and age of social media, inaccurate information linking individuals from the queer community to pedophiles alters our perception of the LGBTQ community and much of the modern-day queerphobia heavily relies on this false argument. It weaponizes homophobia and puts queer people at a disadvantaged position.
It becomes much easier for homophobes to justify their hatred for the LGBTQ+ community by claiming and propagating that queer people are sexual predators. It is also easier for those in power to justify their systematic oppression of the LGBTQ+ community by agreeing with these claims. Portraying queer people in this predatory light further contributes to the violence that individuals from the LGBTQ community face, by making heterosexuals believe that homosexual individuals can prey on them and their children.
Queer individuals are not sexual predators; they are, in actuality, the victims of this predation. We are extremely vulnerable to abuse and assault, and when sexual predators creep into the community, queer youth becomes an unfortunate target. With the existence of pro-pedophilia organizations like NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) and IPCE (International Pedophile and Child Emancipation), who advocate for the abolishment of the age-of-consent and laws criminalizing pedophilia, it has become far too easy for sexual predators to rationalize their heinous crimes.
It is however undoubted, that the queer community does not comprise on pedophiles and each time the association between pedophilia and the queer community is made, there is but one answer for it: pedophilia never was, and will never become a part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Liked this article?
Drop us some feedback in the comments below!