And what can we, as society, do to evolve to accept it.
For a long time LGBT+ rights were seen as a separate entity to gender rights, although they have a larger crossover than what may first be considered. In the past people may have found it difficult to discuss the prejudice that occurred against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders because of a lack of understanding and a state of automatic discrimination aimed LGBT+ supporters. But we now live in a time where we need to address the issues and marry them together to create harmonious equality across all.
I’m sure the ‘Bathroom Bill’ headlines reached people across the globe recently, as our friends from the US debated whether transgender people should be allowed to use the bathroom that they feel most comfortable in. This sparked huge controversy, and this is where being a feminist, a humanitarian and an advocate of human rights should be at the forefront of your mind when you consider which side of the debate you choose. While I am in no position to tell you what you must think on the matter, the issue is why do we find it so much more difficult to make decisions from an equal rights stance when it concerns a person of the LGBT+ community? It may even be an area that you don’t understand, but from human beings to human beings, we need to be able to empathise with the feelings of others. And this includes everyone.
It’s all too natural for us to use words which describe the LGBT community as a slur, but in order for us to evolve together, to stand together, we need to take more thought to how we use our language and how we make our judgments. If something is bad it doesn’t make it ‘gay’, when we’re fighting for the equality of genders, the right to not be put down because of our sex, we’re fighting for the right not to be put down because of our sexual orientation as well.
It all spurs from the same goal, we must remember that.