September 24, 2011
I watched a video yesterday (and again today) about a US soldier serving overseas coming out for the first time to his dad over the phone. I got teary-eyed a bit hearing that, not because he had the courage to open himself up to his dad like that, but the fact that his dad still loves him no matter what.
I like that, I really do.
Ever since 2005, North America is starting to slowly accept GBLT even more than they have since the 60s and 70s. Legalizing same-sex marriage in Canada was a huge step in the right direction, and we can see that even today, we’re not suffering for it, we’re not crumbling at the seams as a society. We accepted it and moved on to bigger issues (economy/environment being the hot-buttons at the moment). Then we have “It gets better”, a movement started by Dan Savage to promote anti-bullying and anti-homophobia by encouraging those to feel good about themselves, to feel safe. But most importantly, they’re telling these kids and young adults that they’re not alone in the world, they’re not alone in their sexual orientation.
Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, another huge step in the right direction for people with a strong desire to serve their country, openly and proudly as citizens.
There were initial objections, there always is, from the right-wing about this, mostly out of “concern” for the safety of the soldiers if they were to serve as openly gay. All it ever boiled down to was nothing but empty rhetoric from a group who is, bit by bit, losing the battle. I’ve seen this many times before, and I’m seeing it again with Obama’s current tax-reform plan. They get worried, very worried, and try to paint the other side who is all for this as an image of what they want Americans to fear the most. But it’s just empty rhetoric, nothing more.
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell needs to reflect a different kind of people.
Don’t ask about someone’s faith and they won’t tell you about yours.
People are liable to get hurt in the end when you do.
Keep it real, keep it METAL \m/ \m/