It is time to take a stand.
Full disclosure: I am a white, straight, non-Christian male. And I believe that EVERYONE deserves equal rights.
I do not care in the least if you are white, black, Hispanic, Asian or what-have-you; it does not matter if you are male or female or gender fluid or no gender at all; it doesn’t matter if you are straight, gay, bi, omnisexual or any other option; it is of no matter to me if you are spiritual, agnostic, atheist, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Hindi or so-on-and-so-forth; fat, thin, short, tall, flat-footed, blonde, brunette, grey, American, European, Indian, rich, poor, etcetera; EVERYONE DESERVES EQUAL RIGHTS.
We live in a world where people still hate based on the must ludicrous perceived differences. People act out of fear of those who are different from them, and spew hate and anger at whole groups of people who have never done anything but not be the same as them.
Hatred gets us nowhere. Period. Fear only drives us to cower from change and to allow a small, vocal minority to disempower people. This has got to stop.
Take a stand. Express your support for equality.
And if you are afraid of people who are different from you, ask yourself this question – WHY? What are you afraid of? Are you afraid of being changed? Are you afraid of losing what you have? Are you afraid of anything tangible? Are you afraid of being shown that your fear is completely irrational? WHY are you angry, why are you afraid?
Everyone deserves equal rights. We need to love more, fear less, and seek to make the world a better place, together.
I am not afraid of you if you are not like me. I support you in having the right to worship as you want, to love as you will, to have a life of love and peace and equality.
Equal Rights. For EVERYONE. Resist the hate and fear with love and courage. Do not give back the hate and fear and anger, turn it around and give what you want to get.
I stand with the LGBT community. I stand with the black community. I stand with women. I stand with Muslims and Christians and Buddhists and Jews and Atheists and anyone else trying to worship, or not, freely. We all deserve to be treated with respect, with dignity, and with equality. That’s our birthright.
Disagree with me? Ok, that’s your prerogative. You are entitled to your own opinion. What you are not entitled to, however, is degrading, belittling, condescending or denying the rights of those you are in disagreement with. Don’t politicize basic human decency, and don’t treat people as less than you, because none of us are.
We are all one. We are all equal. We all want and deserve equality. That’s a plain, simple, unbiased fact.
I stand for equality for all. Will you stand with me?