Friday, January 23, 2009
Come Out Wherever You Are
I am gay, loud and proud!
When I came out, a lot of people in my life said they didn't care if I was gay, just don't advertise it. Or they told me to make sure I didn't mention it in front of certain people.
Did I listen? No!
Some people don't understand why I feel the need to tell people I am gay, to put it on facebook, to kiss my girl in public.
I do it because that is who I am.
It doesn't matter to me if that makes some people uncomfortable.
People have been declaring their love for their mates since the beginning of time.
It should not make a difference if it grosses someone out or that they don't agree with it.
I get offended by a lot of things but that won't stop people from doing it!
I encourage my son to be open about himself, in school, at work, with his friends, anywhere!
My mom thinks I am setting him up for a good beating.
So far, my son has been accepted everywhere and has not had to deal with hate yet.
Because of the people before him that came out and opened the door for him.
I remember the controversy when the young boy wanted to take his boyfriend to the school prom. He took the school to court and arrived at his prom with his boyfriend on his arm.
That boy paved the way for homosexual students.
The more people that admit they are gay, the more it will be accepted in the future, we have come a long way already, we shouldn't stop until there is not a word like homosexuality, it will be called love no matter what sex you are with. That is what its about!
The gay people in San Fransisco made sure the world knew that there were many gay people in the world and that they were a force to be reckoned with.
When the Coors company refused to employ homosexuals in the 70's, all the gay people banded together and boycotted them. All the gay establishments refused to stock their products and any politicians that did not do the same, lost the gay support.
What that did, was show San Fransisco how much of the population was gay and how much of an influence they could make politically.
The majority of politicians pulled support from Coors and more and more businesses began hiring homosexuals. The biggest thing that happened was that a law was passed in that state that no person could be denied employment for their sexual orientation.
I have a friend who was fired from a job because her employer found out she was gay.
She took the company to court and won a settlement!!
Why is that important to me?
Because my son and I are guaranteed to be considered for any job we are qualified for.
My friend opened doors in this province and city because she refused to be discriminated against.
Homosexual people are not a minority! Come out and make yourselves known, get involved in issues as a gay person and show our governments and leaders that we are intelligent human beings that do make a difference when it comes time to vote.
If we all came together and weighed ourselves against the population, it would surprise a lot of people.
I took part in the PRIDE parade this year.
It was both a proud day and a sad day for me.
I was proud because even though it was pouring out, we still moved forward and showed our representation.
I was proud because so many youth got involved!
I was proud because the city police force did traffic control for us.
I was sad because some gay people chose not to attend.
I was sad because none of the city businesses took part in the parade to show support.
I was sad because none of the city politicians were there to show support.
We still have a long way to go before we can be called equals!
Come out, come out, wherever you are!!!!