Equal Rights

We’ve achieved some great milestones through this year so far: Same-sex marriage in the United States has been legal nationwide since June, Ireland said yes to the same cause in a referendum and mostly there have been some revolutions amongst our society. Yes, we’re on our way to equal rights. But still, now, more than ever, we’ve got more work to do. There are many issues that should be debated actively so we can find a resolution.

The concept of acceptance is a simple notion that unfortunately has caused a lot of damage over the centuries. Nowadays we must support each other because within’ acceptance lies our freedom as a society, as a community, and most of all, as a person. Being truthful about your identity shouldn’t be a luxury, it’s a universal right and above all it’s the bravest thing you can do in your lifetime. You don’t need an award for that, you don’t need a big audience to see you making’ it, you just need to feel comfortable in your own skin. Never listen to what others have to say. It doesn’t matter. I don’t care who they are, if someone doesn’t accept you, turn away immediately. You can try to understand the other person’s opinion, but if it’s a commentary that its self-destructive with no intention of making a consistent argument, then it’s not worth it of your time. No one deserves humiliation, abuse, assault or being discriminated. Our identity is the most important thing to our integrity and it’s the core of being human. For example, there has been some confusion about Transgender rights and this piece on Last Week with John Oliver is perfect to clear things out:

On the same topic on equality before the law, we’re still fighting for equal pay for women. I’m not going to moan about how I feel being a working class female in this world, but I must say that Jon Stewart made a brilliant observation on the Daily Show where you can see how the media treats women and the influence of this information in people’s minds.

As you can see, we’ve got problems to solve. We’ve come so far, but have so much more to conquer and to achieve. We believe in a cruelty free world. Why not?! Although you must understand that through your life, there’s going to be some people who notice you, but if they don’t offend you, it’s ok. Making fun of something is different from bullying someone also the same thing goes for being funny is different then being ignorant/disrespectful. The bottom line is that, having the sensibility not to hurt the other person’s feelings, it’s a good exercise to practice from the moment you start talking as a toddler. We’re not trying to make a perfect world, we’re creating an equal environment for everyone.