I have decided to write a blog post that doesn’t really have anything to do with books because this is a month close to my heart. This month is pride month for the LGBTQIA+ community. I am so proud to say that my hometown had their first ever pride celebration this weekend. I was unable to go due to work but I am so incredibly proud of my community. I think it was pretty successful. I am awaiting the results of how many showed up.
As you may or may not know, I live in Iowa. Iowa was one of the first states to legalize gay marriage but for the most part, we are an incredibly conservative state. So sometimes, I come across a lot of hate and discrimination towards the LGBTQIA+ community. My high school was not very accepting of those in that community and it was really quite sad. I tried my best to stand up for those and I was oftentimes accused of being a lesbian.
I am straight but I am proud supporter the LGBTQIA+ community. My very best friend in the entire world is trans. He is female to male. I’m not going to lie, it did throw me into left field. I had no idea that he felt the way he did but you know what, I’m still going to love him and he is still my best friend. I just wanted you guys to know that and know that is one of the reasons this is an important month to me.
I just think it’s incredibly important to support those in the LGBTQIA+ community. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being gay, trans, asexual, bisexual, whatever. It just breaks my heart to see so much discrimination and hate. It bothers me even more that religion seems to be one of the massive reasons to hate. I’m not Christian but if I remember correctly, Jesus taught everyone to love everyone. So I get so mad when I see people use religion as an excuse to be nasty. Don’t do that. Just be a damn human being and be nice.
Words can’t express how I felt with gay marriage was finally legalized. But now with the current President, I don’t know what is going to happen. I hope that we can continue to move forward. But no matter what happens, please note that my blog is a safe space. I do not discriminate and I will not tolerate those that discriminate. You are free to be whoever you want on my blog.
I’m sorry that this sounds incredibly disjointed. I have a hard time putting my passions into words. And supporting this community is one of my passions. I was hope I was able to get my feelings across about how important this month is.
Happy pride month!