Since the beginning of mankind, society has struggled to accept those who are different. Throughout history, groups of people have been discriminated against based only on their race, gender, religion and nationality. Wars have been fought and lives have been lost over a person’s genetic makeup or personal beliefs.
In the last few decades, the gay, lesbian and transgender community appear to be the target of this war against diversity. Homophobic fears have led to verbal and physical attacks on individuals who are simply trying to be true to themselves. What I don’t understand is why we can’t accept people who are different when we’re all different. No two people look identical, behave the same way or have experienced the exact same life.
Why do we assume every man should have the same sexual orientation as every other man?
Assuming every man should be sexually attracted to women is the same ignorant logic as saying all white people can’t dance or all Asian’s are good at math. It’s an insensitive assumption with no rational evidence to support it. Everyone is born with distinctive DNA because we are meant to be unique. It’s society who pressures people to conform to the status quo.
Diversity is a blessing and the way mankind was designed. Regardless of your religious beliefs, we were all created as individuals with our own personalities and perspectives, so we can fulfill our specific purpose in life. Life would be boring and pointless if everyone thought and acted the same. We’ll benefit more as a society by learning from those who are brave enough to embrace what makes them special than ostracizing or bullying people because they don’t act or think the same way as us.
We need to celebrate the LGBT community for giving us a new outlook on traditional relationships and gender identities. We should accept people for who they really are and appreciate the fact that we are all not carbon copies of one another. Variety is the spice of life when it comes to food and entertainment. Let’s apply that same perspective to the people in our life.
Posted with permission by the author as a guest writer
Jenn Sadai is a Canadian author and advocate who’s just crazy enough to think she can change the world. Jenn shares her stories of surviving domestic violence, depression, and workplace bullying in hopes that it will help others cope and heal. She is the author of Dark Confession of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman and Dirty Secrets of the World’s Worst Employee. She will also be publishing her third self-help memoir In July of 2016.
When she’s not trying to reshape societal views on social media, she enjoys writing, running and walking the dogs with her husband. Jenn loves to make new friends and anyone can connect with her through the social media links on her website, www.jennsadai.com.