It’s gay pride month when LGBT people and their allies take to the streets, see LGBT films, and assert their rights as human beings to be individuals, to love, have families, be as neurotic and stressed as everybody else, and be left alone.
Even thought we're still besieged by negative messages from homophobic haters, we can create our own messages. And our messages can be louder than theirs. We need to raise our voices, and be heard in the media, insist that friends and family loudly support us, and not be intimidated.
What if those of us who believe in diversity, love and inclusion were louder for one day, one week, one month, forever, than those that want to spread hate, stupidity, and sickness of the soul?
We’re impacted by negative messages, we get angry when we hear make outrageous, ridiculous statements about LGBTQ people and their families.
We are all affected by the messages we get from the outside world.
Today, I want to share a different message of hope and love, and to tell you that not all homophobic people are the same. Some just don’t have the right information, or have had no meaningful interaction with people who are LGBT.
Some of you who are LGBT, may have been homophobic yourself, or filled with self-hatred, and something either happened to you, or you had a moment of clarity and got to accept and love who you are.
Gay pride month is a time when we can educate people and make them allies.
Do you know someone who was a homophobe and became an ally?
We'd like to hear from you.
Simma Lieberman -The Inclusionist signing off