MAY 17 – The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
The year is 2020; people who do not fit into the society’s clichés continue to be oppressed. Why are we so rude to others? Why is it so hard for humankind to spread kindness? Why do we refuse to accept people for who they are and instead try to stamp our beliefs onto them?
We live in a society that continues to judge people based on their sexuality, gender, race and so on. It’s saddening that even today; people continue to live in fear. They live in fear of being rejected, fear of being harassed, fear of being shunned by society. Some even live in the fear of being attacked or murdered. According to the CDC’S National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 44% of gay women and 61% of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence or stalking, compared to 35% of straight women. 26% of gay men and 37% of bisexual men experience rape, physical violence or stalking, compared to 29% of straight men. THE 2015 U.S Transgender Survey found that 47% of transgender people are sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime. What did they do so wrong to receive such hatred? You don’t have to believe in their lifestyle to be a decent human being. End of the day we’re all just normal people. We have our differences, each one of us is unique in our own way, but that’s what makes us beautiful as a species. Why are we so reluctant to embrace our differences?
Have you ever thought about how difficult life is for them? How difficult it is to wake up every day and fight for acceptance just because they don’t fit into the norms of the society? Why do we have to make life harder than it already is for them? Nobody wakes up every morning wishing for a difficult life where they are rejected by society. Everyone wants to be accepted for who they are.
Here’s the thing, there’s no right or wrong way of living life. If you don’t cause harm to another, you’re cool and if someone’s lifestyle doesn’t match your beliefs, then it’s your beliefs that need changing, not their lifestyle. What’s wrong in a person loving another person or expressing themselves? The lifestyle of people might not match your beliefs, but that doesn’t give you the authority to judge them. It’s their life and they have the right to live it the way they want irrespective of what you think. Respecting people and accepting them not only costs nothing but is a whole lot easier than spreading hate and your agendas.