As someone who happens to be gay himself, I obviously have a good reason to want my rights respected and recognized. But let’s go back to you. You may not happen to be gay (it’s cool if you are) but why don’t you imagine a world where all straight people are just gay and all gay people are just straight? Confusing right? By this, I just want you to imagine being in the minority for once, when it comes to sexual orientation/gender identity that is, and having to fight for your rights to be recognized. You may be a straight Atheist, Christian, Muslim, and being gay might be against your religion, but the point is that you wouldn’t like it either if your right to express yourself, beliefs, and identity was suppressed — at least not if you’re in any sense human that is. That’s how we feel every day as individuals who live in the less tolerant “flyover” states here in America, and probably moreso at other places like the Caribbean, Asia, or Africa! “Traditional values”, to us, don’t matter when we have to fight to even our deaths just to make sure that those like us will finally be recognized as human beings and not the “sinners” or “demons” that rightist ultra-conservative groups like to label us as being.
For us, this is our civil rights movement, our anti-apartheid movement, our Arab Spring, our suffrage movement, our Civil War! And it is so important that we have our straight allies and allies within our own possibly oppressed and ostracized communities. And yes, we are gaining a lot of traction, a hella lot, more than many of us could’ve thought of and more than I could’ve ever dreamed back when I was in the closet just a few years ago! But still, we need more work, a larger effort, and more allies. We need YOU! Whether you’re gay or straight, cis or trans, man or woman, or whoever you are, we need you as an ally for our rights, EVERYWHERE! Why? Well, why gay rights…. because we are the new movement for the American ideals of “liberty and justice for all”! When you support us, we won’t forget, why else do you think conservatives always talk about there being a “gay lobby”? We do have economic power, not only for ourselves but also because of our many allies who refuse to buy from homophobic businesses.
Even so, the main reason why we need our allies is to change the establishment. I don’t mean antidisestablishmentarianism by most means, but I do refer to the fact that many religious organizations whose mission is supposedly to “love all of God’s creation” or something similar still see homosexuality as “sin” or “disease” instead of the simple polytypic difference that it is. The evidence that such groups have to apparently justify this position is often marked by cherry-picking their holy texts and a lack of understanding of the message as a whole. Think about it, in the Bible claims that the greatest commanding is to “love one another” while most right-wing groups use it to refer to the few texts that can be misunderstood as evidence for a criticism of homosexuality. No where in the Bible does it say to “hate homosexuals”! Still, we will face religious discrimination just because of the fact that we dare to think outside of the norm. And thus, we need people like you to stand up for us and all other discriminated and disadvantaged groups, in order to change these norms and accept differences to the reasonable amount of love and tolerance necessary!
(NOTE: This article was previously published here by the same author)