While we’ve made tremendous strides in this country (and in many places around the world for that matter) concerning gay rights and how homosexuals are treated in society, we still have a very long way to go. At least for the most part, the United States is headed in the right direction – even as some still continue to try to fight a war that they’ve already lost.
But no matter how hard I try, I’ll never understand why some people seem to hate homosexuals. Look, I can understand being raised to believe homosexuality is a “sin,” because many people are raised that way. If that’s your prerogative, that’s fine – it’s a free country. If you don’t agree with the “gay lifestyle” then I guess it’s a great thing that nobody forces you to be a homosexual. But it’s just astonishing to me how so many people seem obsessed about the private lives of millions of Americans that they’ll never meet. I’ve yet to meet a single anti-gay advocate who’s been able to give me even one sane or rational example of how gay marriage will have any direct impact on their lives.
All that being said, even with the massive victories the LGBT community has had these last few years, it’s still important to remember that there are many people who are still out there conflicted, scared, unsure and facing incredible obstacles because of who they are and their sexual orientation. Especially when it comes to teenage children (and sometimes even younger) who are often mercilessly bullied because they’re gay.
Take for instance a photo that was posted by Humans of New York of a tearful boy sitting on steps with the caption:
“I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me.”
Needless to say, the picture received an overwhelming response from tens of thousands of people, though there was one in particular that stood out – Hillary Clinton:
Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing. You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you – there will be lots of them. –H
It’s important to note the “H” at the end, which indicates this message was written personally by her and not just some random person in charge of her social media accounts for her campaign.
It’s a message that should be said to every person, both adult and child, who has that same fear of the future because of how they were born. But it’s also a message that transcends homosexuality and speaks to anyone who might feel different or out of place. We shouldn’t live our lives focused on those who try to bring us down. Instead, we need to seek out those who love us, accept us and make us better. The world is filled with those who’ll always try to project their own self loathing and misery on others – we just have to do our best to not let those people succeed in bringing us to their level.