Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Why? Have you ever wondered why you are angry, uneasy or even scared by someone different than you? It happens. You want and need to figure out why. Does this person threaten you or someone you care about? No. Do they want to take away something that belongs to you? No.
Did you ever think they may be just as uneasy or scared of you? It’s not easy to be different. To wonder who may notice or do something. Who will draw unwanted attention to you. Who may, even, hurt you. Mentally, emotionally or physically.
Being gay, lesbian, queer or bi is not new. It has been around forever. Being transgender or transsexual is not new. It’s just that now there are drugs and surgery that work to change your body if you want or need to.
Wanting to distance yourself from others who are different is not new. It, too, has been around forever. Look around. Are you friends with people your parents wouldn’t be? Your grandparents? See, it is getting better.
All it takes is one person to object to a heckler. One person to say ‘Hello’ to someone different. One person to even just ask ‘Why?’ when others talk about making fun or calling names. Maybe you are just one person, but sometimes people just need one person to open their eyes. Maybe the one person will become two. Then three. And more.
Whether you are straight, gay, queer, bi, trans or a green frog, life is a bit of a crapshoot. ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ is how Kermit phrased it. Substitute any name for ‘Green’. In the song, life gets better. If we all try, this life will get better. Just remember that.
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May 30 from MLR Press