I am...

Oct. 14th, 2005 01:04 am
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I consider myself immensly lucky to live in the accepting community I live in. A community where my openly gay best friend could come out to the whole high school and never be bashed, discriminated or ridiculed, where all his friends, family and even people he didn't know accepted him. A city where an openly gay man can run for elections and be in first place in every surveys. A country in which gay marriages have been made legal from coast to coast. To live in a house in which I can watch Queer as Folk with my father and uncle with both of them agreeing that Michael should forget about Brian and find the right guy. A community that has almost completely dissociated itself from the catholic church and where nobody will even come close to thinking 'God' or the 'Bible' says it's wrong. I can't make sense of all these original fictions on fictionpress.com in which gay teens get beaten up and harassed, or in which teachers and principals are being discriminatory because it's not the way it is here at all. I had three openly gay teachers in high school two of them were the most apreciated teachers in the whole school. I am forever thankful to live in a society were I can present an oral presentation about Subaru and Seiichiro's relationship in CLAMPS's Tokyo Babylon and X and get the best mark in the whole class. A society where I can write essays about homosexual relationships and get a very enthusiastic reaction from my teacher. A society where we're assigned to read novels whose main characters are homosexual for school and students actually love the book.

I wish I could close my eyes and pretend it was like this everywhere in the world but sadly I know it isn't. So please, if you believe in the cause, or wish your neighbourhood was a bit more like mine, spread the word.


I am...

I am the guy who came out to the entire school in his senior speech and got a standing ovation for his courage.

I am the girl who kisses her girlfriend on the sidewalk and laughs at those who glare.

We are the couple who planned and studied and got a damn good lawyer and BEAT the state that wanted to take our child away.

We are the ones who took martial arts classes and carry pepper spray and are just too dangerous to gay bash.

I am the transgender person who uses the bathroom that suits me, and demands that any complaining staff explain their complaint to my face in front of the entire restaurant--and shares with my other trans friends which restaurants don't raise a stink.

I am the mother who told her lesbian daughter to invite her girlfriend over for dinner.

I am the father who punished his son for calling you a fag.

I am the preacher who told my congregation that love, not hate, is the definition of a true follower of God.

I am the girl who did not learn the meaning of "homosexual" until high school but never thought to question why two men might be kissing.

I am the woman who argues (quite loudly and vehemently) with the bigots who insist that you do not have the right to marry or raise children.

We are the high school class who agrees, unanimously, along with our teacher, that love should be all that matters.

If you agree, repost this. Do it. You don't have to be afraid. You can handle it. You're stronger than you think.

I am making a difference. Hate will not win.

"Everybody's journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality." ~James Baldwin
Taken from [livejournal.com profile] boxing__clever's journal...

Date: 2005-10-21 11:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slashedribbons.livejournal.com
We have a lot of exchange students from Canada here, and I wish they were like that. The only person I can talk about sexuality to is the only person I care about leaving, when I move soon.
Your gay friend? I commend him, but then how much bravery does one need in a place like that? I don't care about being rediculed, and I'm still terrified.
It's really great to read something like this, made this bit of my day so much better.

Date: 2005-10-24 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fanny-moon.livejournal.com
Yeah, somtimes I can't believe it myself... But I didn't want to sound as if I lived in an utopia or something. Just yesterday I heard about my friend's 13 year old cousin who was pushed down his school's stairs because the word got out that he was bisexual. There will always be fucktwits humping their bibles the wrong way or idiotic close-minded people everywhere...
Nevertheless you should never be terrified. You're much more powerful being yourself than being the person they want you to be.

Date: 2005-10-25 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slashedribbons.livejournal.com
It didn't come across as Utopia - just a ray of hope. The only friend I had here (only reason she was my friend was because I thought she was the most tolerant, despite hardcore xtian) turned into the most intolerant cunt ever. You get a slap in the face everywhere.

I only have a month or so left at this school, so I'm going to come out my shell and stop lying. About everything.
Thanks for the support.

Date: 2005-10-28 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fanny-moon.livejournal.com
I'm sure everything will turn out fine. Trust me, the friends you make while being yourself are the one that will stay.
Keep hoping.
If you need anything don't hesitate, I'm one comment away. :)

Date: 2005-11-02 11:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kanoei.livejournal.com
Can I also put this in my journal? Spread the word/love?

It really touched me. I know exactly what you mean. A friend of mine is also gay. It took him a long time to come out to us because he thought we would not accept him. Last saturday we had a friends pasta evening and he brought his boyfriend for the first time. Everyone was really cool about it and it surprised him, I could tell.

People should be more like us :) Maybe we can help, even if it's only a bit.

Date: 2005-11-03 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fanny-moon.livejournal.com
but of course, do spread the word. I firmly believe that the smallest things can help =) I'm glad for your friend.


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