As we mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, it is important to refute these fallacious assertions by noting:
1. Homosexual relationships have existed in all societies in all times, but the criminalization of same-sex relations was only introduced to many countries by European colonial powers.
2. LGBT people, many of whom are deeply religious and culturally observant, are entitled to the same internationally recognized rights as everyone else.
3. LGBT people are not asking for special treatment. They want the same freedoms and respect as their families, friends, and neighbors.