Love wins. Every time.
Editor’s Column: June 2020
By Alicia M. Colombo, Milestones editor
In my younger years, I was a victim of bullying. From its impact, I knew at an early age that I wanted to make a difference. These schoolyard experiences helped shape me into a staunch supporter of equal rights. Although, I didn’t know that’s what I was until I got older. As a child, I just thought that life would be much better if everybody just got along and was nice to each other.
“We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.”
~ George Takei
When I grew into a teenager and young adult, I quickly became a supporter of rights for LGBT individuals. The mistreatment of LGBT people always struck me as especially cruel and unnecessary – very similar to how I felt about bullying. I wanted to stand up for people in the way that I wish people had supported me when I was younger.
Today, I stand with the LGBT community and wholeheartedly believe that everyone should have equal rights. To judge, name-call, isolate or even physically assault someone just because of their lifestyle is wrong.
There is absolutely no justification for hatred and violence.
How people treat others based on their lifestyle (or any other factor, for that matter) is always a decision. We have many problems in this world: rampant poverty and homelessness, opioid addiction, senseless gun violence and murder, war, elder abuse, terrorism, and currently the dire public health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The list goes on and on.
But do you know what is NOT a problem to be solved? Two people who love each other and want to be together. LGBT inclusion benefits all of society. It brings us all closer to the true ideal of equality, where people are judged not based on their appearance, choices or lifestyle, but by their intellect, values and skills.
In a world where we can choose to be anything, I hope that you choose kindness. Choose love. Even if you must, choose to look the other way – just don’t make hate your choice.
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