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This really made me cry. There’s too much hatred and ignorance out there and people like us can’t openly be ourselves. Looking this picture and thinking about how well my things are makes me feel both lucky and guilty. I told my parents I’m in a relationship with a girl when I was 15. Only thing my father was angry about was that I had lied to him so long about it. And I kind of understand it. But the reason for that was the fear that he couldn’t understand and accept it. He did, luckily. And my mother.. well, there was no problem at all. And those few friends I have told I’m bi have just shrugged and said: “whatever you like, no big deal.”, which is more than fine by me, because it’s not a big deal.
I have never asked anything like “why those two men are kissing?” or “why does that man dress up like a woman?”. It has always been completely ok with me. People love who they love and are what they feel they are. As simple as that.
In my country gay people can register their relationship and that “equals” as a marriage, but they can’t for example have a church wedding or a same last name (unless the other one tries to change it in magistrate, which costs 90 €) or adopt children. So that’s equality in Finland. I don’t say every gay/lesbian would like to get married in a curch, have a same name or raise children, but in my honest opinion, they sould have a right to choose just like any other human being.
We are normal, just like everyone else. We live and die, love and hate, go schools, have a work and dream big. And still we won’t be treated equally, if we “come out”. We won’t be able to be ourselves out in public just like “normal” straight people. We will be bullied in school, in work, at home. Our families can just sweep us away like we were dirt. Our friends can abandon us, like we were carrying a disease. We might get beaten up just because we exist and won’t be “just like every normal human being”.
Gay people are afraid to be themselves. Bisexual people are being treated like sluts (which we are as much as straight…). Transgendered teens have the biggest suicide rate in the world. I’ve heard as big number as 40 % when talking about suicide attempts. But every human life should be valuable, right? So we should keep going for our rights (that are actually basic human rights, no more, no less).
With this I wish you all the best.