Do You Care?

Originally posted on General Musings of an Idiot.

I sat down tonight to write something, but couldn’t think of anything to write. Nothing – my mind was just blank.

Until it hit me.

Last night, we were out and stayed the night in Harpenden. It was late, but we started watching ‘A Single Man‘, the film directed by Tom Ford, with Colin Firth, that was up for a lot of awards last year. I’d seen it before, and really enjoyed it, but everyone else thought it was a bit odd.

For those of you who don’t know what it’s about, it’s the love story of a gay man and how he handles the death of his long-term boyfriend. Bearing in mind it is set in 1962, there were no gay slurs, which in some ways, shocked me. The whole film shows homosexuality in such a good light, and it was warming.

But this is where my lightbulb turned itself on above my head. What can I write about?!

Last October, I was touched enough by an organisation in the States called The Trevor Project to write a blog all about the wonderful work they do. They campaign for LGBT rights – or equality for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals, and campaigning to stop the homophobic bullying.

‘A Single Man’ is only the second film I’ve seen that shows gay people in a good light – that they’re not filthy, dirty or wrong to society. That’s not the attitude the majority of the world’s population take, but it is the one the media portrays.

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The Trevor Project have the backing of major celebrities – both straight and gay – and this is why it’s really taken off the last year or so. With the abolition of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the States, President Obama showed that there was hope.

Along the way, we’ve all used language that we only mean in a humorous way, in a way that allows for people to express themselves and for others to take the mick. It’s how the world works – I take the piss out of you, so you have the right to take the piss out of me. As long as it’s not personal, or hurtful, I couldn’t care less! But words like ‘gay’, ‘poof’, ‘dyke’ – they’re very sensitive words. Everyone uses them now in this society in a derogatory manner, which is helping bring the youth of today up in a world filled with homosexual hatred. You see people sue and take action when someone uses the N-word, so why not any of these? Yes, use them if you are taking the mick, and you know what you’re saying around whom, but don’t mean them.

Its something I feel very strongly about – I agree to equal rights to all. Black, white, rich, poor, gay, straight, male or female – we’re all human beings, at the end of the day. If we weren’t all unique, what’s the point in the world?

We all know that the only way forward is to give everyone the rights they deserve. I dunno, maybe 2011 is the year this is all put into action, but the world needs to change to accept those most in need.

We raise money for the third-world countries in Africa and Asia, because we care. We help countries around the world in need, because we care. We give to charity, because we care. We protest for things we think are right, because we care. We want a better world, because we care.

We want equal rights for all, because we care. We want to live in a society where we can walk down the street with a group of friends – one Muslim, one gay, one poor and on benefits, and we want to be able to smile, and know that no matter who we are, or what we look like, or what the colour of our skin, or our race, or our religion is, we can make a difference.

So here is your opportunity to make a difference. I’m not telling you to go to a protest, or to join a Facebook group, but I’m asking you to do one very simple thing.

Care. Because if you don’t help make the difference now, the world will remain open to some, but not all.

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