Today we celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. And this post is part of a movement promoted by the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia blog. The objective? Spread awareness of these issues.
It’s natural for hetero people to feel freaked out by the LGBTQ community because that’s human nature: we tend to be scared by what we don’t understand. But it’s not okay to mistreat people or to make them feel less than you, just because they’re different.
There are so many topics we could cover here, like marriage, adoption, bullying… But at its core every one of them has something in common: making people suffer because they weren’t born like the majority thinks they were supposed to.
Like so many other teenagers, I was a target of bullies during my early teens just because I was different. At the time, I didn’t even understand what the problem was or what they meant by words like “faggot” and others. I lived in fear of being ridiculed or—worse—beaten up for years, and it took me many more to overcome the feeling that there was something fundamentally wrong with me. Fortunately, I have great friends and family, and was able to overcome it all. Unfortunately, there are many other who don’t.
Love and be kind. That’s the best gift you can give yourself and others.
For more information on this subject don’t forget to check the IDAHO website or the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia. As a thank you for visiting my site on this special day, I’m giving away one copy of one of my eBooks (you choose) to one of you lucky winners. The contest ends on the 24th of May.
To participate you only have to:
1) Subscribe to my newsletter (upper-right corner of this post)
2) Each email address on my newsletter will be attributed a number, by date added
3) I’ll use the website random.org to pick a number on the 24th of May, at the end of the day. The winner will be the person with that number.
Good luck everyone 🙂