"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Martin Luther King Jr.
Writing about hate and hate crimes is not new... it's been happening for nearly a century and hate crimes have happened since early civilization with the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire. The first investigation into a hate crime occurred during WWI when the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) marched in Washington D.C. and murdered black and white civilians; hate crimes are nothing new.
What is new is the types of hate crimes. People are more open with their sexualities, religious beliefs, political affiliations, and bodies and doing so has opened up new doors for hate. Racism, sexism, and religious persecution are not alone now. We now have body hate, homophobia, and transphobia and the crimes range from bullying to murder. The worst part is that the hate starts at a much earlier age- elementary school, junior high school, and high school.
People do not choose their sexual orientation, race, sex, or body type. Period.
Homosexuality, bisexuality, transexuality, etc. are targets for more and more hate groups as of late. Non-heterosexual couples are gaining the freedom to marry in many states and have received backlash, boycotts, lawsuits, and violent attacks allover the country. This month alone NOM (National Organization for Marriage) filed three different continuances in the Oregon Supreme Court in an attempt to stop the legalization of same-sex couple marriages. Why? What would such an organization gain from preventing two people who love each other from getting married? Why would they care?
I can promise (from first hand experience) that homosexual, bisexual, and transexual couples do not want to "convert" anybody to their sexual preference. They will not come onto you in a public setting, they will not sexually harass you, and they do not have a hidden agenda to convert your children into homosexual minions who will take over the world. They simply want to be left alone and to have the same freedoms that every other human being has been allowed for centuries. In fact, I'm going to share a little secret... they want the same thing that heterosexuals all around the world want- to be happy. Hard to believe isn't it? I know, I know... it's so much easier to hate them when you believe that they are sexually harassing you and forming a rainbow farting, glitter throwing, disco dancing flamboyant army!
Time Magazine recently released an issue with Laverne Cox, the first black trans-gender female celebrity, on the cover. The issue discusses the many difficulties that a trans-gender person faces on a daily basis. There has been a large rallying of support for Laverne and the trans-gender cause but there has also been a lot of backlash. Many people have spewed hate regarding the cover and several stores have refused to carry the magazine at all. (After all, the trannies may get them in their sleep!)
"There’s not just one trans story. There’s not just one trans experience. And I think what they need to understand is that not everybody who is born feels that their gender identity is in alignment with what they’re assigned at birth, based on their genitalia. If someone needs to express their gender in a way that is different, that is OK, and they should not be denied healthcare. They should not be bullied. They don’t deserve to be victims of violence … That’s what people need to understand, that it’s okay and that if you are uncomfortable with it, then you need to look at yourself." - Laverne Cox
Hate can only be cured with one thing... education. The more you attempt to learn about those around you, the more you fill your mind with education, and the less room you will have for hate. I am in love with the idea that one day nobody will ever say the word, "Faggot." I am in love with the idea that one day children will be taught by their parents that it is ok to be different and that differences fuel beauty. I am in love with the idea that one day there will be no need to have discussions about sexuality because it will no longer be an issue. I am in love with the idea that one day nobody will ever have to "come out" and I am in love with the idea that one day every couple will be able to openly walk down the street hand in hand without fear of retaliation.
Hate has to stop. We have to hit a breaking point where the differences between us only make us happier, healthier human beings. We have to allow each other to be comfortable in our own skin and to not have to pretend to be someone we are not.
Until then, I will continue to speak out, I will continue to love who I choose, and I will continue to preach against hate. I will happily form a glitter throwing, rainbow farting army of one and you are more than welcome to join me.