Haven't updated this in forever. This is my blog box, I am Trevor. I enjoy acting, drawing, RPing, writing, general science, common sense, and things I can't think of. Here is a picture of me working on cosplay bullshit above.
There have been definite steps in the right direction in the last 10 years. Equal marriage is supported in six states. The media has started to portray gays and lesbians as real people, going beyond the stereotypes. The most popular daytime talk show is currently hosted by an out lesbian. Even this week, Hillary Clinton spoke at the United Nations’ human rights body in Geneva in support of LGBT people across the globe.
But while all these things are great, the struggle for true equal rights and fair treatment under the law is far from over.
It’s not over because 44 states do not allow equal marriage.
It’s not over when over half of our states allow the legal discrimination of LGBT people.
It’s not over as long as people hide behind religion as a justification to hurt their fellow citizens, even their families.
It’s not over because the Secretary of State needed to make that speech. ….
The other day at work I overheard my bosses talking about how my manager wanted some food and they mentioned Chick-Fil-A, at which point I was like “NOOOOO DON’T GO TO CHICK-FIL-A THEY’RE EVIL!”
See recently I had come across some information regarding the chicken people that they do not like gay people.
Which at first I was like “well that’s fine, their opinion and all…”. They *allegedly* give a lot of money to anti-gay rallies and stuff like that, which I guess it okay since it’s their money to do with what they want and—
NO IT IS NOT OKAY.
My assistant manager asked me why I thought Chick-Fil-A was evil and I told her it was because they’re super anti-gay, at which her response was “well everybody’s entitled to their opinions, right?”
Exactly what I thought when I first heard that.
NO IT IS NOT RIGHT.
I mean yes, nobody’s a bigger advocate than me for free speech and freedom of…well everything, but something in the pro/anti-LGBT argument clicked in me after i heard someone else say something I had initially believed to be quite true. I figured that it was okay for some people to be against Gays since it was their opinion, and who am I to argue or disagree with someone’s opinion? I’m never going to get pissy with somebody for having an opinion on anything because part of me feels like it’d be an attempt to silence someone for thinking, and I’ll never silence anybody for anything.
If anything, I’m just indifferent to your opinion, and it’s always good to have one, but the problem was that when I thought about it, opinions are something (to me) that should only impact things that can change. Like, you can be Anti-Gay, but you can also be Anti-Semetic, and Anti-Black, and Anti-Muslim, and in my mind, nothing is right about those either. You’re born Jewish, and you can’t change that. I mean you could, but why would you? You’re born Black: its your skin color. Unless you’re Michael Jackson, you can’t change that. You’re raised Muslim. You could change it, but again, why would you? And for that matter, why would you ever choose to be against something that somebody can’t help? That’s like persecuting a dog for not being anthropomorphic or a baby for being unable to talk.
I guess the race thing is easier. I started comparing being gay to being black (because it’s my default. Obviously, I am African American and I make no attempts at hiding it). It’s not a choice being gay, and I’ve never believed that it is. I don’t think it’s a “lifestyle” choice, I don’t think it’s something you can just wake up one morning and say “HEY, I THINK I’LL BE A RAGING HOMOSEXUAL TODAY”.
Like no, that’s not a choice. It’s in your blood, it’s genetics, it’s you, and to be anti-gay, to me, is like being anti-human being.
It probably sounds really extreme when I say it, but I’m gonna stand by it. I don’t think you can be anti-gay without being somewhat anti-human, because being anti-gay is just as alright as being anti-black, or anti-muslim, or anti-Semitic, and it’s not right in any of those either. That’s like being pro-slavery, pro-9/11-anti-muslim-paranoia, pro-holocaust, and it’s not right when you put it into that context either, is it?
I’m not going to pretend like my sudden revelation or argument is something that’s BOLD ASS FACT, because let’s face it, people are always going to be anti-gay, just like they’re always going to be racist, and there’s nothing I can do about that. At the same time, I’m not going to sit still while numerous, possibly uninformed or extremely ignorant people choose to deny basic human rights and freedoms to someone who can’t help what they’re being persecuted for.