Live and Let Live

Everyone is guilty of having judged. Whether it’s one person or a group of people, we form notions and conceptions on them and create biases. When it came to the GLBT community, I was always in the “live and let live” category. I didn’t really care one way or the other. Through friendships I have learned a lot about GLBT, and I am still in the “live and let live” category, but I care. I care about their rights. I think a gay woman should have the right to visit her partner in the hospital. I believe that gay couples can give a child a loving and functional home (if gay parents = gay kid, then straight parents = straight kid, right? … um, not so much).

On October 12th, I had the opportunity to go to an Orlando event called “Coming Out With Pride.”  It is an event that educates people on many issues, including civil rights and hate crimes against GLBT.

The event took place around Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando.

I know a sense of humor is not exclusive to gay people, but I have never met a gay person that wasn’t funny – I’ve met plenty of unfunny straight people.

But they face a hatred that one would think should be reserved for heinous criminals. So many have fallen victim but in many places this is not considered a “hate crime.”

Despite the hatred they face, they still love.

Amendment 2 could take away their civil union rights, such as insurance…

…and hospital visitation. Can you imagine not being able to see the person you love if they were in critical condition at the hospital?

“C’mon, let me love whoever I want!”

People who believe homosexuality is a lifestyle choice are certainly entitled to their opinions.  But likewise homosexuals are entitled as human beings to love whomever they want to love, whether it is a choice or the way they are made.

~ by JenGrace on October 22, 2008.

3 Responses to “Live and Let Live”

  1. Love your pictures but most of all I love that they reflect a reality that we all should care’s not about being gay or not, it’s about our freedom as human beings!

  2. Great series of photos and I agree with you totally.

    It always amazes me that some people think they have the right to tell other people who they can be involved with.

  3. Hey Jen, I really enjoyed your writing and the pics are stunning, just great. Although not gay, I do totally agree that each person has the right to love whom ever they wish regardless of it being a choice or biological. Recently I have learned that the heart is capable of loving many people at the same time and in many different ways. This is something, that for one reason or another, I didn’t fully understand until a few months ago. It is an absolutely amazing feeling to open your heart, remain non judgmental, and love as much as possible.

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