Respecting LGBTQIA, celebrating pride

Human rights

We need to remind ourselves of what human rights mean. No one needs to prove or do anything to receive the full range of guaranteed freedoms and protections. Even the worst person carries these freedoms and protections by merely being a person.

In a just world no one needs to be or prove anything to have the simple respect and equality the LGBTQIA movement seeks. Critics of all movements always ask why groups, women, LGBTQIAs, indigenous peoples, etc, wish to be treated specially. But we want no special treatment, we just want to be treated like everyone else. And that includes being allowed to be as different from another person of the same sexual orientation and gender identity as one is to another heterosexual person.

I am proud to receive this award and at the same time feel undeserving. It should not be unusual for a person to respect another person’s inherent rights. It should not be unusual for someone who declares themselves an activist to move towards compassion and solidarity with other movements and with every person who suffers from stigma, oppression and exploitation. That should be the norm.

Self-centered is abnormal

Frankly, what I find abnormal are the people who insist that who they are, what they are like, what they were born to, what they are comfortable with, should define normality. It should be abnormal for people to insist on homogenizing human differences and that homogeneous ideal should be what they find comfortable. Abnormal to be so lacking in basic human decency and compassion that they would call LGBTQIA people immoral or sinners or criminals. Abnormal that because they are the majority, therefore it is OK to stigmatize LGBTQIA people.

In short I am someone who believes that LGBTQIA people are ordinary folk who possess human rights and therefore must be given all the freedoms and protections. I am an ordinary person who strives to be decent. And in so doing finds it astounding that anyone should discriminate against LGBTQIA persons.

I accept this award in the name of all the truly ordinary persons who, because they have not been socialized in the games of privilege, are behaving like normal human beings. Ordinary, normal people like myself are not homophobes and we are not bigots. –