Welcome! Hopping for Gay and Lesbian Visibility, Awareness and Equality
Thank you for visiting my page today. May 17 is an International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. A perfect day to kick off the hop.
I used to think tolerance was needed to change people’s attitudes towards the LGBTQ community. After all, the LGBTQ community has more visibility then ever. In television, movies, even computer games. Same-sex marriage is now federally mandated. Even with the strides the community has made over the years, there is still a ways to go before gay people (and I use this term in the broadest sense) are accepted into mainstream society. Tolerated, yes, but the fight for acceptance is still ongoing.
The definition of tolerance according to the dictionary is the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with. Okay. Sounds about right. For example: Someone might say: I tolerate my neighbor even though he’s gay. I might not like the fact he sleeps with men, but I won’t beat him up. Or bully him. But he shouldn’t have the same rights as me. I’m normal. Not him.
To me, that’s tolerance.
This should be good enough. Right?
What the world needs is more acceptance. The action of accepting someone as having equal rights even if they don’t follow their chosen path in life. To disenfranchise a segment of the population because they choose to love the same sex or believe they were born with the wrong gender, or any number of reasons, is horribly wrong.
I love living in a diverse world. How boring if we all were the same.
Love is love. Who you want to love is your business, not mine.
John Lennon said it best: Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun. (He left no one out).
So do you think tolerance is an okay word to use when talking about equality, or do you prefer acceptance or some other term? Leave a comment for a chance to win one of my ebooks of your choice. You can see all my books listed here!
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