Back in August, 2016 I wrote ‘Being Gay’ which covered a little of my real life. This was not meant to be a negative comment but something just needed to be said. I am one of those who do not like to mix my real life and second life together but for many Second Life is where they can be who they truly are instead of the lies they live in their first life.
This week has seen me attend my very first Second Pride Event and I have been very lucky to be part of their blogging team to help promote this important event. Second Pride is inclusive of all people who identify as LGBTQI, those who are unsure and those who support us. Second Pride sim a place for us to come when we feel the need. Second Life is the only place where many feels safe and supported to be who they are without life damaging repercussions.
The LGBTQI rainbow flag isn’t divided by borders. It’s a flag of inclusion, love and healing.
It was something which happened at this week’s Second Pride event in Second Life which inspired me to write this blog. Something which reminded me of this meme I made. Unaltered to this date with its typo included. A young man who suddenly found himself to be around other people with similar stories to his. A young man bullied from a young age for his sexuality.
To be able to release what he had pent up inside. To hear words spoken to him about him which he had never heard before but should have. He has come home. He has found a home where he can be who he is. And there are many people who are using platforms such as Second Life so they can express themselves around without fear of persecution.
Those of us living in developed nations have come a long way with thanks to those who made a great personal sacrifice so those of us in later generations to follow could live without experiencing the same attitudes. The USA has Stonewall on June 28, 1969. Australia had their own version of Police brutality against them on June 24, 1978.
We have progressed extensively since then. No longer do we fear Police, Judiciary and prison for our sexual status. An Australia State of Queensland recently abolished a by-law which gave an exemption for murder on the basis that a homosexual hit on you. South Australia needs to follow.
And then we have fundamentalists of ideologies of religions and of party politics who are busy working to bring back the days of this persecution. These people believe that they are being denied rights by not allowing them to hurt other people. Not just LGBTQI. Their hate fans across the globe. It is these types we cannot relax and under estimate their influence. The rise of hate crimes in the USA since the election of Donald Trump is just one of many example. Crimes against homosexuals in Chechnya and Middle Eastern nations are another example. Those of us living in nations where we are accepted do have more challenges and walls to conquer however we also need to be supportive of people like us who live where it is so dangerous to live that even their own parents are killing them to save their own face as some moral obligation.
People who cannot progress their mindsets live everywhere. The Christian Right in Australia continue to grow vocal against us such as Australian Christian Lobby where we’re like Nazis. So many of us have been traumatised through abuse from being ridiculed through to being disowned, left homeless, through to beatings, sexual assaults and some have been murdered. Having survived a brutal physical attack including rape as some sexual correction and the knife’s edge pressed against flesh in the space between my ribs to end my nightmare life, we are survivors and we need, no, we must fight those who are increasing their power of politicians who demand their beliefs be exerted upon society. Not just for us of the LGBTQI communities but everyone under their ire. Their need for segregation must never be tolerated. Not again. Not ever.
In a blog post, ACL director Lyle Shelton invoked the rise of Nazi Germany before arguing that Labor leader Bill Shorten’s support for Safe Schools reflected “a failure of those of us who know better”.
“Changing the definition of marriage to entrench motherless and fatherlessness in public policy and teaching our kids their gender is fluid should be opposed,” he wrote.
“The cowardice and weakness of Australia’s ‘gatekeepers’ is causing unthinkable things to happen, just as unthinkable things happened in Germany in the 1930s.”
Mr Shelton began the post by declaring he loved to read obituaries in The Economist, specifically one published last week on the late German-born historian Fritz Stern. According to the obituary, Stern argued the rise of Adolf Hitler owed less to the Fuhrer’s personality cult and more to the failure of Germany’s ‘gatekeepers’ to oppose him.
The ACL leader then blamed Australia’s own ‘gatekeepers’, or conservative elites, for failing to halt the advance of marriage equality or transgender acceptance.
Sydney Morning Herald article, May 31, 2016
Whether you are gay, bi, pan, transgender, asexual, intersexual… Be proud. You are you. Love yourself who you are. We are children, we are medical staff, Police, emergency rescue, teacher, office worker, tradies(plumbers, electricians, carpenters…), serving in the military, we are who we are.
Embrace who you are. We see far too many like us suffering. Too many consider suicide. Too many attempt/commit suicide or abuse drugs in an attempt to hide who we are. No more. Only this week I have been told by a person proselytising their religion that we are an abnormality, a defect, something which needs to be exterminated to please his sick, perverted idea of God. No more. Don’t yell at them. Mock them playfully. Please try not to allow them to control how we feel about ourselves.
If you are using a platform like Second Life and you feel identified with an avatar of a stick figure, be that stick figure.
Embrace your rainbow and please, please love yourself. Love who you are. Grab your Pride and be.
♥ Love your rainbow. ♥
- LGBTQI music videos below if you’re interested.
Cafe Sheree – Landmark