As you might notice, I have added a SocialVibe widget on my blog. I think it’s really important, and I’d like to share with you why I chose this specific cause.
Apart from the glamour that we see on tv and in movies, how much do we really know about the gay community? Not much. I have personally only known a handful of gay men in my entire life. I’m new to this, but I feel strongly about this. I’m the biggest fan of Will & Grace, and I am a self-proclaimed Fag-Hag. In 20 years I also want to be Karen Walker and I want to have my own Jack. But that’s not really what it’s about, right? No. Because life isn’t a sit-com. Unfortunately.
It’s about tolerance and acceptance. It’s about supporting young people who are confused, and hurt by society. How do we expect children to “Just be themselves” if there is such intolerance for homosexuality in the world? How can we teach our children to love their neighbour, if we can’t exhibit the same kindness? I find it appalling that people can judge others just by their sexual orientation. How dare we? How can we say that we have progressed as a people, if there is still such injustice? How is homophobia any worse than racism? It’s not, quite frankly, and it needs to stop.
I hate to generalise, and I might get some hate mail for this, but take USA for example. A first world country. Rich and Powerful. Helping the poor. Rescuing the needy. Leading the rest of the world into a better tomorrow…But wait. How’s that? How can a country that doesn’t support all of its people be an example to rest of us? How can we follow the lead, if there is no proper leadership in place? I don’t want to get into politics. The point I’m trying to make is: How can we (the rest of the world) look to a country as an example, if their example is one of intolerance? I got this off Wikipedia:
- In Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington, D.C., marriages for same-sex couples are legal and currently performed.
- The Coquille Indian Tribe in Oregon also grants same-sex marriage.
States which previously granted same-sex marriage licenses:
- In California, same-sex marriages were performed between June 16, 2008, and November 4, 2008, after the California Supreme Court held the statutes limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violated the state constitution; however, the California electorate then approved California Proposition 8, a voter initiative that made the ban part of California’s constitution. The California Supreme Court upheld the voter-approved constitutional ban. Proposition 8 was challenged in federal court in Perry v. Schwarzenegger. On August 4, 2010, a federal judge ruled that California’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, and stayed his ruling. On August 12, 2010, he ruled that marriages could resume on August 18, 2010, but the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit stayed the ruling pending appeal.
States which recognize same-sex marriage but have not granted same-sex marriage licenses:
So how is that possible from a world leader? It’s absurd. Now I’m proud to quote, also from Wikipedia:
Same-sex marriage became legal in South Africa on 30 November 2006 when the Civil Unions Bill was enacted after having been passed by the South African Parliament earlier that month. A ruling by the Constitutional Court on 1 December 2005 had imposed a deadline of 1 December 2006 to make same-sex marriage legal. South Africa became the fifth country, the first in Africa, the second outside Europe, and the first republic to legalize same-sex marriage.
YES!! Viva, South Africa!
But this brings me to my point: The reason I’m supporting this cause, is because when all is said and done, just because you don’t approve, doesn’t mean the gay people will go away. And note: they’re still people. Just like you and me. And I don’t even want to hear the religious debate: “But the Bible says it’s a sin”. Well, let me tell you something: The bible says many things that we CHOOSE to disregard in modern times. The bible says you’re not allowed to be cremated. It also says you’re not allowed to have tattoo’s. I don’t see everybody condemning those people. We have no right to judge. I have my own sins. I don’t expect (or accept) to be judged by anyone for them. So how can I judge someone and condemn them based solely on their sexuality. I don’t. And you shouldn’t. But many people do, and unfortunately it leads to depression, angst, fear, self-mutilation and even suicide in young people. It’s unacceptable. And this organisation aims to right that wrong in providing support for these young people. I got this off their site www.thetrevorproject.org :
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
The Trevor Project is a nonprofit endeavor established to promote acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and to aid in suicide prevention among that group.
The Trevor Project is the national provider of life saving resources to LGBTQ youth and their families. We advocate acceptance and help prevent teen suicide by promoting mental health and positive self-esteem through a premiere on line destination, nationwide 24/7 call centers, and empowering social activities.
Inclusiveness is one of our mantras. We are rooted in the belief that everyone should be treated like a human being regardless of their sexual identity, gender, or race. We as an organization will not turn any one away who asks for help. We will show them compassion. And, in recruiting staff and volunteers we will reflect the diversity of our community.
We promise to deliver the best 24 hour 7 day a week telephone counseling for youth in crisis. We promise to create a safe space, through our helpline and online, for LGBTQ youth. We promise to deliver our message of suicide prevention in schools throughout the country. We promise to hire a highly qualified and professional staff and providing them with incentives. We promise to operate our board, our committees, our helpline, our offices and our events with the utmost integrity.
We have been and will continue to be pioneers in reaching out to youth in crisis; whether it’s in schools, on the helpline or online. We will be stewards in nonprofit fundraising (events, Circle of Hope, direct mail campaigns). We will be innovative in our recruiting and retention of staff, volunteers, and board members.
I think this cause is worthwhile. I support it. And if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it. But if you insist, I will approve the comment, and ridicule you for the bigot you are. I don’t tolerate intolerance. Period.
Much Love (to everyone) ♥