I appreciate all of the cisgender, heterosexual people out there who are willing to learn about the LGBT+ community and better themselves in terms of their own treatment and attitude towards LGBT+ people.
It’s sad, however, that most non-LGBT people are actually anti-LGBT to some extent. Being anti-LGBT could be anything from hating the community so much that you would murder an LGBT identifying individual, or simply ignoring your LGBT friends when they ask you to stop being homophobic simply because you don’t believe what you’re saying or doing is actually offensive.
Shallow people don’t change for the better of others. Open-minded people understand that life should be fair and enjoyable for everyone and therefore change their actions, and realise that changing these actions is of no loss to them.
It’s really just little things that can have such a positive impact on minorities, such as the representation of people we can relate to in terms of the characteristics we are hated for. It’s empowering.
It’s often difficult for cishet individuals to understand this, and they only see the representation of us as being a way to “shove the LGBT community down their throats.” But the fact that we’ve barely been mentioned or represented in history, is silencing us, and shoving heterosexuality and heteronormativity down OUR throats, yet that’s just considered “normal”. An LGBT character or storyline isn’t aimed at straight people. It’s aimed at those who can relate to it, or support it. It’s aimed at open-minded and educated individuals who see LGBT people as human beings, and not a separate category of person.
Homophobia and the silencing of gay and trans people is so normalised, that it felt wrong to me to tell my friends how I really felt about the homophobic language they used so often, because for some reason I felt it was wrong to try and change them... even though I had a right to stand up for myself as an equal human being.
It’s taking way too long for humanity to normalise the LGBT+ community, and not enough people know how scary that is.
I feel like this is a very important message! As someone who has studied religion and taken part in this holiday, I can say that it can be uncomfortable to explain why you are not eating, especially with many different opinions floating around. Be safe!
Credits to: @rama._abu
The Sultan of Brunei has handed back an honorary degree after Oxford University raised concerns about his country's strict new anti-LGBT laws.
Introduced in April, they initially made sex between men and adultery punishable by stoning to death.
But Brunei backtracked on enforcing the laws after a global outcry, boycotts and celebrity protests.
The university said it opened a review "in the light of concerns about the new penal code". In a statement a spokeswoman said it was informed the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah would be returning his degree after it wrote to him last month.
More than 118,500 people have signed a petition calling on the university to rescind the honorary law degree, which was awarded in 1993.
The university launched a review of the degree, but said it did not have the right to "summarily rescind it"
Oxford MP Layla Moran also wrote to the university urging it to strip him of the degree, and said it being returned was "clearly not sufficient". She said: "Oxford University now has a chance to redeem itself and move past being tied to such gross violations of human rights. "I think it is best the university should undertake a thorough review of their honorary degree system to ensure a scandal like this doesn't happen again.
Previously the university said : "Just as nobody has a right to confer an honorary degree, nobody has a right summarily to rescind it." The Sultan has defended the decision to adopt a strict new interpretation of Islamic laws, or Sharia.
In a speech he said although there would be a moratorium on the death penalty, the "merit" of the new laws would eventually become clear.
Homosexuality was already illegal in Brunei and punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Source: BBC News
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