Seeing the Colorful Rainbow Through Dark Clouds
I, like so many other millennials, do consume the majority of my news through social media. And today while scrolling through The Daily Mail snap chat story, one particular article caught my eye. The title: “Homosexual Death Camp: Survivors reveal horrors of Chechnya concentration camp where gay men are tortured and beaten to death.” Now, from just reading the headline it sent chills down my spine and it especially hit close to home for me as I am a gay man who was adopted from Russia.
While there are countless benefits from growing up and living in the United States vs Russia, I was forced to reflect once again on those benefits when I saw the title of this article.
It is no secret that this is a difficult time to live through for many in the world today, but I realized just how much my fear of the elected officials in this country compares to those in other countries. While I don’t mean to make this political, I have come to realize that while on November 8th, 2016, seemed like the end all be all for many in this country, (myself included), I just want to say, we are still here. While I personally feel as though we are moving backward in history, I am so thankful to be living in the United States during this time. As someone who is proud to be an American and proud of his Russian roots, it was very disheartening to read this article today but it made me realize just how thankful I am that we have a government that is structured to the best of its ability to ensure everyone’s human rights are protected.
While I am still shaken as to what lies ahead for the future of the United States and the world, I am so thankful to be living in America rather than Russia because I don’t know where I would be (certainly not writing this blog post). So I am going to try my best to remain optimistic for the future and pray that we recognize the serious injustice that is being done to the LQBT community in Russia and work to ensure that something like this is put to an end and never revisited.
Below is the link to the article I am referring too if you would like more information.