These past few weeks, I’ve been truly saddened and angered by the people in this country. Of course I’ve always known that there are people out there that are “against gay people” (really though, how is that even a thing), but recent events have really brought to light the horrible amount of hate that is projected not just onto fellow Americans, but fellow humans.
Obviously, the recent event that I’m referring to is the Michael Sam kiss seen around the world. Comments on every news article include “GROSS!” “I DIDN’T WANT TO SEE THAT” “THAT IS A SIN!”. You wanna know what? I’m not even mad at those people. You can have your beliefs, I can have mine. It’s the people that say “Nothing against gays… but I didn’t want my kids to see that! How am I supposed to explain that to them!?” that really make me angrier than Solange in an elevator. Or Michelle Williams. She has a lot to be angry about.
1) You do have something against “the gays”. Stop lying to make yourself feel like a better person.
2) DON’T BE A LAZY PARENT. It is your job to explain things to your children. If they ask about Michael Sam, chances are you won’t have to explain anything even related to sex or even this kiss itself- just that a man loves a man. Kids are extremely accepting- if you teach them to be. No kid is born a homophobe or a racist. Those behaviors are taught. The whole “my kids shouldn’t have to see that” is an excuse to make your children as intolerant as you are.
Now I’m not for gay rights or gay marriage because I have gay friends- but because I am a human being that thinks everyone should be treated equally. It truly blows my mind that people care so much about something that has nothing to do with them. It blows my mind even more that as a free country, we even have to VOTE on whether a group of HUMANS get the same right as everyone else.
You don’t like gay marriage? Don’t marry a gay person. You don’t think gay people should adopt kids? Don’t adopt a kid with a gay person. You don’t like to watch Michael Sam kiss his boyfriend? Change the channel. You don’t want your kids to see that? Stop worrying about what they might see and use this as an opportunity to teach compassion and kindness. I won’t say tolerance, because we shouldn’t have be taught to “tolerate” any one group of people. Except Nickleback/Creed fans.
I do love this country. I love being able to order a grilled cheese to my house at 4 a.m. and I love that I can get a taco waffle when I wake up (U.S.A! U.S.A!), and I know the good will always, ALWAYS, outweigh the bad. But this country could be a lot more awesome if we could just accept one another, regardless of who they are designed to love. Then maybe, JUST MAYBE, when your kid sees a woman sharing one of those taco waffles with another woman, they won’t bat an eye.