Tuesday, February 21, 2012

life is too short

There is one big hot-button issue that has been getting under my skin lately.  This nights episode of Glee really personified the issue, which is about society telling people who they can and cannot love. 

How many children/teens/adults have to kill themselves before society stops the hatred?  How many parents have to discover their dead child before society realizes they were in the wrong?  How many grandparents have to outlive their grandchildren before society starts telling people it's ok to be true to themselves, and it's ok to love and marry someone of the same sex?  

You know, it was not so long ago that there was a prevalent attitude among white people that black people were not 'really people' and were destined to be slaves.  Their skin was the wrong colour.  To them [white people] it was plain and simple; their 'god' told them so.

Today there is a shockingly prevalent attitude among people in society that gay people are 'bad', 'sinful', 'not what [insert wrathful god here] wants/intended', 'not natural'..........and are destined to burn in some hell or another.  They loved the wrong gender of human being.  To them [*cough*pigheaded religious bigots*cough*] it was plain and simple; their 'god' told them so.

Yes, you may say I'm being a tad emotional in my words.  But guess what, it's a pretty emotional situation.  

Did you know that:
-Out of the 50 states in the so-called 'FREE' USA, only 6...SIX...have legalized same-sex marriage.  
-Out of roughly 196 countries in the world, only 10...TEN!..have legalized same-sex marriage. 
-A U.S. government study, titled Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Youth Suicide, published in 1989, found that LGBT youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than other young people.[3] This higher prevalence of suicidal ideation and overall mental health problems among gay teenagers compared to their heterosexual peers has been attributed to Minority Stress.[4][5]"More than 34,000 people die by suicide each year," making it "the third leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds with lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth attempting suicide up to four times more than their heterosexual peers."[6] 
(via Wikipedia)

Why do people think that anyone has the right to determine who can and cannot marry or love one another?  

Who determines what is 'right' and 'wrong'?  If you wanna get real philosophical, what does it even mean for something to be 'right' or 'wrong'?

If homosexuality is so 'unnatural' why has it occurred in nature for years?  One example: the Pan paniscus species (Bonobo monkey). 
[We share something like 90% DNA with them too, P.S.]

Do people really think that millions are 'faking' their sexual orientation because they enjoy being persecuted?

Were the Early Christians not persecuted when they 'came out', so to speak?

Wake up, I urge one and all.  Use those brains, whoever or however you got them.

If you want freedom of religion, you need to concede to freedom of marriage.

I just can't understand all the hate and bullying.  I mean, in general I don't understand bullying types of behavior (facebook wall hate, hateful emails, violence, rejection based on arbitrary things, name calling...etc) and I never have.  I'm looking forward to the day that same-sex marriage is legal in every state of the USA, and then in every country of the world.

Be loud and be proud LGBTQ youth!

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I can't even find episode clips from tonights gleepisode on youtube yet, but I found one song that really moved me.  You really need to see the performance that was on the actual show, so just go watch the whole episode right now.  But here is the song at least, to wet your appetite :)

The episode really lit me up [again].  I want SO BADLY to fight for minority rights.  Whether it be same-sex marriage, endangered primates, women {in many middle eastern countries}...  I just want to be able to make a difference.

This inspired a brilliant idea.  I've always wanted to be able to give $ to charities that I feel strongly about.  I was thinking how cool it would be when I'm a lawyer to donate like 5-10% of my annual salary to 2 charities each year.  It could be a fun project every year, picking the 2 charities.  My [future] kids could get involved in picking a charity and researching what it does, etc... How awesome would that be!

I would also like to be a foster puppy home maybe.  One day...

I really need to find a volunteering option that suits!  You wouldn't believe how tricky it is to find a volunteer organization that: I feel passionate about, has a reasonable time commitment (for my specific schedule which is pretty all over the place, i.e. not just days or nights or weekends), and that I would actually make a difference doing (or feel like I'd make a difference doing).

Maybe I'm being too picky.  I have limited time to give though, and I want to make it count. It's not like I can give $20,000 to the Trevor Foundation or something like a celebrity.  One day I aim to be in a position that enables me to give generously to some awesome charities, but in the meantime... I want to do something!

By this Spring I want to apply to some organizations.

*research and time management plans commence*

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