Ally.

Hi! Today I gave a presentation in my Identity Development class (for which I am an undergraduate assistant) about LGBTQ Theory.

I was really excited about giving the presentation because I love challenging my way of thinking and I love to get other people out of their comfort zones.

It’s really clear that some of the class was open to the new way of thinking, but many of the students stayed silent because they were against it or they just felt too awkward.

One of the main points of Queer Theory is that unless you identify as LGBTQI, you don’t really understand what it’s like to live in this world.

My professor told us about an Ally Workshop that she had done for her graduate students. In the workshop, it was pointed out that everybody has something that they can “come out” about. Something that perhaps they’ve been ashamed of or just felt was too socially stigmatized to talk about.

As she told us about it, I realized mine.

Although I do not identify as LGBTQI, I am an ally.

I believe in rights for all. End of story. I believe in health as human right, nutrition as a human right, happiness and peace and marriage as a human right. And yet, I’ve never talked as loudly as I could.

I was afraid. Many of the people I grew up with or respected in my hometown do not subscribe to my way of thinking. It was a small, Red, Christian town. Now, I am not saying EVERYBODY was like that. But a grand majority was. I live in Texas.

And although I have my own identity, live in a freethinking city, and am in college: I was still afraid.

I have a blog and a Facebook that links me straight back to that town. But so what?

I DO FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT EVERY SINGLE HUMAN SHOULD HAVE MARRIAGE EQUALITY. I believe that humans are humans and that we have absolutely no right to decide what some humans are or aren’t allowed to do for them.

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ~Dalai Lama

You don’t have to agree with me. That’s fine. But just know that I believe in progress. For everybody.

The world is changing, folks. And it rocks.

Peace Out,

Ju.

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