Hop against Homophobia, Bi- and Transphobia
17th May is the International Day against homophobia, bi- and transphobia. You can find more information here.
There is still a great deal of prejudice in the world, but I wanted my post today to be about hope. it may be a rather obvious thing to state, but I’m a great believer in
democracy. I don’t always agree with the results, but as a history teacher for
over thirty years, I know what people have done to allow me, a woman, to put a
cross in a box. Over those thirty years, I’ve also seen great changes in
attitudes. When I started teaching there were no out teachers or students. I’m
pleased to say that by the time I finished that situation had changed. Some
students no longer hid their sexuality, and it was a great privilege to have
young people feel able to talk to me about themselves. Maybe it was the
pictures of John Barrowman and Captain Jack Harkness, or my well known hatred
of students using the word gay as an insult that made them feel safe talking to
me. I don’t know. I’m just glad that they did.
Last week, one of those brave young people was elected to a local council. He had the courage to put himself up for this role and his victory made me smile. Democracy had allowed a young gay man to openly work for the betterment of society. On a bigger scale, the UK became the country with the most openly LGBTQI representatives in the world. The UK has its problems, but this fact makes me proud to be British. The sexuality of a candidate should not matter anymore than the gender of the candidate, or the colour of their hair or eyes. All that matters is that they want to do the job.
Hopefully, sometime soon, this blog hop will no longer be necessary. To more and more young people prejudice on the grounds of sexuality is something they do not even think about. At least some of the results from last week’s election give me hope that some things have already, and will, get better.
You can find more information about this blog hop here
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