I, along with an overwhelming amount of people, and my friends, are going to the Gay Pride Parade in Chicago this Sunday, and I could not be more excited!
I absolutely love the atmosphere of people loving themselves and not being afraid to show it. I’m not gay and I get this amazing feeling, so I can only imagine the unity those who are feel.
As a country there are far too many people who want to deny these amazing people their right to marry the one they love and that is extremely upsetting. Now I am not going to go into any specifics or percentages, because I don’t believe in them, and quite frankly I don’t think they make a difference in an argument. Anyways, I don’t think that those people really want to be homophobic, they just don’t know anything different. If you think about it, what values do you have? Where did they come from? Your parents right? Now think, if you support different things than your parents did you come to those conclusions on your own? Yes. Did you have opportunities to experience the other side of things? Yes, because your loving parents gave you the support to do so. The people that post hateful things on the internet don’t have that kind of support system. I mean a lot of the people who post homophobic posts are closeted gays!! It all comes down to whether or not your beliefs are accepted by those around you.
I grew up Catholic, I have gone through all of the sacraments and go to church frequently. As I am sure you know, the Catholic religion is EXTREMELY homophobic. Now there are a few things that I don’t necessarily agree with when it comes to Catholicism, but the things that my religion says about gay people makes me sick. Now here’s where the support of my parents comes into play. They know that I am sometimes too caring of a person; another person’s problem is my problem. I drop what I am doing to support another human being. Always. So when I was talking to my parents one night I think at dinner, the topic of gays and whether or not it is something they support came up, I immediately started saying how much I support it and believe in it. Just like how I am pro-life because everyone should be able to exercise their rights whether they are an unborn baby, a boy who loves another boy, or a girl that loves another girl. My parents where not surprised at all that I supported gay pride, because they raised me to love others and accept them for who they are. I can’t even imagine not loving my child because of who they loved.
Unfortunately, there still are those people that are homophobic that grew up in a supportive household where they could express their beliefs and never be put down for them. It is just a mindset as silly as: “I don’t like peas.” “Have you ever had peas?” “No.” “Then how do you know that you don’t like peas?” “I don’t like they look or smell, so I don’t like them.”
There are so many different analogies that I could use! But the main point I am trying to make is that I am so proud to support gay pride! To think that I could have missed out on friendships based on what I should believe is crazy. If everyone did everything they should do, the world would be a very boring place without any color!
Have a gay day, Liz