I was going to do a vlog about this subject but decided that was kind of a cop out. Vlogs are so much easier to do and maybe half of the people who read my blog watch them so I decided to write my frustrations instead of speak them. I am told this is very therapeutic. I have been told that I am a ’causer’ the definition I assume was meaning I have highly evolved opinions on social issues and have no problem stating them. I prefer the term humanitarian. We all have to live on this planet together so why can’t we at least try to be civil to one another no matter our race, religion, or sexual preference?
This week a thirteen year old boy committed suicide, and not one, but two college students also died by their own hand. The one thing they all had in common is the fact that they were bullied because they are gay.
We teach this hate to our children, sometimes unknowingly. We say “That is so gay”, or “You are such a fag” as a joke. These jokes aren’t funny they are derogatory and future generations pick up on if something is ‘gay’ or a ‘fag’ it is the equivalent of something that is not good. This has to stop.
Books are being banned, books that could be helpful to young women and men. Books that can help them understand that even though it seems like it. They are not alone.
I just want to repeat that: no matter your religion, your race, your sexual preference, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I want to see more, no I demand to see more community based programs for those of sexual minority. I want to see the community band together to protect these children and this literature instead of condemning them.
When you ban a book about rape you are taking away a resource for a child who may go through the same situation. We do not live in a perfect world where rape never happens. Let your children educate themselves, and you know what? If you want let your children educate themselves, at least let mine.
Teach your children to love and be tolerant. Even if you do not agree with the fight for gay rights please take an active role in teaching your children it is not okay to bully, push, pull, tease or do anything else to another kid.
I for one am ashamed at how my fellow Americans have been acting lately. I have no political affiliation but I understand that I am very left-ish. I also understand that not everyone can agree with my liberal thinking. I however cannot understand this recent need to ban everything, to regress as a society, to go back to the middle ages in opinion. I will tell you right now, there is no way in heaven or hell I am going to transform into some June fucking Cleaver.
In the words of the famous Rodney King “Can’t we all just get along?