SHOW ME THE LOVE
AN ESSAY BY LAURA VINCENT
I want to talk to you all today about something which is important to many of us. Many of you have noticed in the media lately that the LGBTQ+ community has garnered much attention. I think this is a great thing. Why? Because the more we talk about it, the more we educate those of us who are not up on the issues. The more we are seen in the media, the more we will be seen as the normal, natural, everyday people we are. We are not ‘sickos’, perverts, demented or disturbed as so many people would have you believe. We are mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers. We are cousins, uncles, aunts and grandparents. We have jobs like so many heterosexual people do. Unfortunately, many of us are discriminated because of our sexual orientation and gender identity.
BORN THAT WAY
This is something we often say, and we say it, because frankly, every fibre of our being tells us this. When I was 7, I started realizing there was something different about me. I didn’t like my body. I just did not look like the person I felt I was supposed on the inside. This was the 80s, and back then there was little support for transgender children. Almost nobody was talking about it. And I am pretty sure if you asked any of your friends, they would be like…huh? So because of a lack of understanding, a lack of terminology, no chance of support, and a whole whack of mixed emotions, it would be about 27 years before I finally came to terms with all the crap I kept bottled up.
Since that time, my life has continually improved, because I am free to be myself. It has aided me in letting go of so much garbage that I was clinging on to. It has opened my mind to the beautiful world we live in, filled with all the beautiful people I am proud to call my family, and my friends. I wouldn’t change a thing, because my journey has made me the strong, accepting, and loving woman I am today. Furthermore, I am not just transgender, my heart belongs to an incredibly wonderful and loving lady. But my story isn’t unique. There are so many of us out there, and chances are you know someone who belongs to this community, even if they haven’t come out to you yet.
SAME SEX MARRIAGE
Recently, the Supreme Court of The United States of America voted in same sex marriage equality across the nation. To me this is a wonderful thing for all our LGBTQ+ members, and allies south of the border. Many celebrations have been happening, and rightfully so. It is such an important time in our world to see so much going on in the media with regards to the SCOTUS ruling, as well as with people such as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox. It’s important because the more we talk about these issues, the more we educate those who need it, and the more awareness we spread. Many people are opposed to this ruling, and many of them cite their religious beliefs. It is certainly okay for you to believe in any religion of your choosing, and no one should ever have the right to take that away from you. But this ruling does not affect you, unless you happen to work for the government at any level. It merely makes it possible for same sex couple to be legally joined in a civil union. No church will be forced to marry any same sex couple, but many churches will be more than happy to so. If you happen to work for a government office that deals with marriage certificates, I’m sorry, but you are bound by your job to hand out said certificates to same sex couples now. Get over it or find a different line of work. Your right to believe does not grant you the right to discriminate.
RELIGION & SCIENCE
The world is full of people of different religions, and there are many people who have no religion. That is the beauty of our world; freedom of choice. You have the choice to do as you will, so long as it doesn’t break the law. Unfortunately, so many religious people out there are rebelling against the LGBT community because of these beliefs. There is not one single factual piece of evidence to support the existence of any GOD. Don’t get me wrong, I do not wish to disprove your belief system, because I can’t, and it’s not my place. However, your right to believe in a religious text, does not give you the right to marginalize others. Go on believing as you will, but stop for a moment and realize that not everyone shares your religious views. This is a matter of civil rights, not religious rights.
To further my point, there are sources of history that report the existence of homosexual relationships dating as far back as ten-thousand years ago. The Christian Bible is thought to be around two-thousand years old, while Judaism around four-thousand years old. Science is even researching genes that one day, may well prove just how natural we all are. Science has already done much research in the field of animals. There have been discoveries made that prove there are over fifteen-hundred species of animals that exhibit homosexual tendencies, or whom choose same sex partners for life. All it takes is a little Google research to uncover the truth of our world. And to quote a fabulously amazing, and well-known man:
“It’s okay to be Takei” ~ George Takei
I am by no means perfect, and I don’t know anyone who is. I consider myself a work in progress, and always will. But as long as we continually work towards growth, we can only become better versions of ourselves. There are still many places in the world where it is legal to kill, rape, or imprison those who are homosexual or transgender. This is horrible, and it needs to end. I believe, as I am sure many do, that the most important thing we need to spread throughout this world is love, education, awareness, acceptance, and good will. I dream of a world filled with all of these great qualities, and many more. Also, there should be rainbows everywhere. Lots and lots of rainbows.
LOVE IS LOVE!!