I have been a little caught up with work (signed on a new client, hurrah!) and haven’t had the chance to really write. Not that I am a great writer either, but the goal was to write once a week.
The month June has a special place in my heart – It’s the LGBTQ Pride Month. There are many naysayers and repugnant talks around this topic but I choose to choose LOVE over all the hate.
As an LGBTQ ally, I want you to know that I am here for and with you and if you are in Singapore and facing difficulties with yourself and would like help, please come to Oogachaga or approach me. I am happy to be your listening ear, ally and find ways to help you.
Some people have asked why do I do this? Simple: I am being human and moreover, some of my best friends and people I love are gays and lesbians themselves. They are also some of the most amazing and kind people that I know. I was born straight, they were born gays, lesbians, bisexuals. It doesn’t matter their sexual orientation to me.
Pride Month is here to remind everyone that the LGBTQ community have been persecuted for the longest time and in most countries they still are. This is why we need this:
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans. Today, LGBT Pride Month celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and these events attract millions of participants around the world.”
There are still discriminatory practices in place in most countries. In a micro view, we can also see this in our communities; how a community will banish their family members for being gay or sending their children to “conversion centre” to exorcise the gay out of them. All various degrees of cruelty.
Let’s choose love, understanding, tolerance and kindness over hatred and ignorance.
I am going to Singapore’s Pink Dot on the 1st July. Will you be there, my straight ally, my Singaporean friends?