Happy Pride, it´s been wonderful to see all the amazing celebrations around the world, including this weekend´s Pride celebration in Oslo. The victory in Germany where the Parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage this week was also a great reason to celebrate.It´s almost like I´m a bit jealous of the LGBT community for having such a glorius celebration. I wanna celebrate my sexual identity as well and have rainbows, flags, balloons, glitter, party, confetti, parades and fun as well. Then again, being heterosexual I have never lived under the threat of being hunted down, abducted, imprisoned, tortured and killed. Unfortunately the LGBT community in Chechnya can´t say the same. Or having to endure lashes as a punishment for sharing a bed with my loved one, such as the event that took place in Indonesia. Straight is not a word they would use in a degrading way and I can act as feminine or masculine as I want to because at the end of the day I just happen to love in the “normal” and “accepted” way. So instead I celebrate with the LGBT community and celebrate their victories, condemn the abuses and fight for their rights.
Last year I was lucky enough to be celebrating in New York City and watch one of the world´s largest parades. And what a parade. This year I joined the festivities in Bergen and watched a smaller but definitely not less happy and joyful parade.
While watching the parade I saw so much joy, love and acceptance. I just can´t fathom how anyone can be annoyed with two people loving each other, about someone being true to him- or herself or about someone acting and living out their true self. The biggest impression was definitely the “rainbow families” with gay couples walking with their adorable kids.
Human beings are always evolving and thankfully I see in many parts of the world an increasing acceptance for the LGBT community. Still there is still so much to do and even setbacks. Hopefully there will be a positive development. And i have faith in the next generation. I mean, 50 years ago only a 20% of the US population had a positive attitude towards mixed race marriage and it was considered an abnormality. Today it´s 90%. So I have hope the LGBT community will see a similar development.
And remember, never accept the status quo until equality and equity govern. When looking back decades ago THIS was the dominant idea, something that seems unbelievable these days.
So ask yourself, do you really wanna be looking back 50 years from now and be one of those people? Yeah, didn´t think so. Besides, the rainbow crowd are way more fun and colorful to be around. Love more, hate less ❤