People who know me will know I don’t shy back from the fact that I’m gay. I’m proud of who I am and I’m not afraid to admit it.
Recently the repressive actions of bigoted politicians in countries like Russia and Uganda have taken persecution of the GBLTI community to heights unseen in decades.
I’m lucky enough to live in a fairly free country, though Australia doesn’t excel yet when it comes to rights for the GBLTI community. Marriage equality remains our biggest hurdle, with our Federal parliament largely ignoring polls which overwhelmingly show the Australian people is ready for marriage equality.
Yet, the trials I experience as a gay person in Australia are negligible compared to that experienced by people around the world in other countries. There’s dozens of countries where homosexuality is illegal and there’s still countries that execute people for being gay. Russia has gone on a campaign of organised insanity against homosexuality, and vicious right wing christian groups in the USA have been directly linked to Uganda’s “Kill the gays” bill.
It’s not safe out there, and some people not only still find homosexuality uncomfortable, but hate (a vile word in itself) the GBLTI community and wish nothing but ill upon us.
It’s a small stand on my part, I know, but I want everyone who accesses my blog to see that flag and realise they’re reading the words of a gay man who supports gay rights. So if you’re reading this blog, and you don’t like gays – consider this: you’re getting your advice from a gay man. And every time you come here and read my words, you’re relying on a gay man for help. Sucks to be you, huh? For everyone else of course – thanks for behaving like a genuine human being.