We need to assess our own notions about gender and the privileges we possess as being cisgender.
It seems like almost everyone nowadays wants to buy into the culture of love, acceptance, and queerness, which is great, but not as many want to do the work that is still so desperately needed.
Affirming other people’s humanity should be the goal of everyone, no matter religion, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity. When we participate in love, everyone wins.
In honor of sexuality month, I decided to ask people the question, “What does being queer mean to you?” I present to you their answers, the real, the honest, the painful, and the beautiful.
They preach tolerance and acceptance only for those who follow the rules, for those who fit in the perfect mold of what a “good Jewish girl” should be. When I first realized that I was queer, I so desperately tried to suppress what I felt.
And when the pastor during the service talks about gay people, a second will pass and I’ll realize that he’s talking about me.
If you want our votes, you have to protect our rights and that includes protection from discrimination and freedom to live the gender identity that we know to be true.
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