I think we’re doing something right.
I always want to project positivity when it comes to GLBTQIA topics and this post is no different.
When I was young, I can remember people I knew making fun of Freddy Mercury being gay (and I’ve learned in recent times, that he was bi) and some of my friends commenting about The Crying Game and how the girl was really a guy (which fascinated me but to this day, I haven’t seen this movie) but apparently this was icky to them. I couldn’t have disagreed more and I did back then, before I was shot down and told to stop being weird. I could go on but my real point is how different this is today.
When I watched Guy Code on MTV (which if you haven’t watched Girl Code, I highly suggest you watch it for the lulz) there was a section about “Gay” and all of them were like “hey, it’s cool” and another one said, “Homophobia is not cool. If someone is bashing my gay bro, I’m gonna be like stop or GTFO.” This is how teens, tweens, young adults and new adults are thinking and acting. It really makes me smile to see this.
Laverne Cox has a recurring role on Orange Is The New Black and I can firmly tell you that when I was a teen, this wouldn’t have happened. It should have but it didn’t. Famous GLBTQ people lived in the shadows until a few people took risks to come into the light and live their lives in the open. I’m so glad they did. When my sister’s best friend came out as trans, everyone accepted he was a guy. It freaked my dad out at first but now he is cool with it too.
You know, things aren’t perfect. I doubt they ever will be ideal but I really do think (and hope) that our world is getting better and we (GLBT authors and readers and allies) are making a difference by just being here. We are definitely not a fad or a phase and we aren’t going away anytime soon.
*big hugs all the way around* Keep at it everyone!
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