1) abuse of power
2) abuse of power
3) abuse of power
Also: 4) discrimination, which is abuse of power, and 5) violence, which is also abuse of power
You get where I’m going with this.
I bring this up because it’s Pride month (the last day of), and because I write books with LGBTQ themes (novels #1, 2, and 4). Also because I have heaps of friends and family in the community, so it’s a community I support and love and have fun with.
Also, even more importantly: there is no good reason NOT to be an ally.
Seriously, friends–show me one good reason. One founded, considered, critically thought out reason not to be an ally to this community–or any other community that can benefit from your support and love. We are in this together, people. Be supportive. If you believe in humans, if you like being a human, if you like other humans to be happy, be an ally–to anyone, to everyone.
AND–put your allied thoughts into action, and get out there and do allied things. Go visit the Stonewall Inn (see above) and feel the importance of the history there. Or do something local–go volunteer at a shelter where LBGTIQ youth hang out–did you know the suicide rate in teenagers is HIGHEST among this population? Or something even smaller–go smile at your mail carrier. S/he might not be LBGTIQ, but it’s a way to start a chain of good things.
Rant over. Happy Pride! And yay for New York and Rhode Island!