Some pastors have a wicked and warped interpretation of scripture and religion. In my previous blog post Hatred Towards LGBT People By Those Who Are Not Knowledgeable About LGBT Issues, I talked about the misunderstanding of LGBT individuals by uneducated people, and the hatred that is shown. This post was quickly shared by LGBT individuals, Pride organizations, and several local activists and advocates. With this blog post being shared so rapidly and so broadly, this has drawn scrutiny from several groups, and anti-LGBT individuals.
To begin with, I am not a medical doctor, or counselor, or teacher. I do not have a Ph.D. These are simply well-publicized and known reports on LGBT individuals, along with my opinions. This is merely an informational article to enable the people to know the struggles LGBT go through in their daily lives. What drives these people to be LGBT even though they endure hatred and hurt every day?
Discrimination, bullying and hate speech, while hurtful and illegal in most states, is being allowed by 1st Amendment rights in a thin line on air and in print!
Please, before anyone gets offended or hurt by my statements, I am not against the First Amendment. I fully support the right to free speech, but while we have the right to free speech, there is a thin line on what people say that crosses that line into hate speech and bigotry, and bullying.
A Snyder Texas LGBT activist, actress, and transgender small business owner has put her bid in for election in 2020. Addison “Addy” Perry-Franks has announced that she is running for District 83 of the Texas House of Representatives. She wants to make a difference for her district, the State of Texas and for the USA. Her slogan “Let’s put the US back in the USA,” stand for equality, and people standing together to support equal rights for LGBT, minorities, people from all religions and nationalities.
A historic verdict was given by the India Supreme Court on September 6, 2018 in favor of the LGBTQ+ community, giving them freedom of privacy and the right to live their lives with dignity. People across the nation celebrated with huge enthusiasm and relief. But is it the final win? It took 157 years to reach this point and is it going to take again a long period of time for the society to realize and accept the situation?
According to the figures submitted to the SC in 2012, there were about 2.5 million gays in India which proves that there were not just a handful of people fighting for freedom of self acceptance. In spite of it, they faced bullying, experienced physical violence, being ignored and much more.
Written and directed by new film maker Addison Dawn Perry Franks and created by Danni Perry Franks, Equally Friends (2020) is a new age short film on the struggles of the LGBT community, especially transgender and gender-fluid individuals.