1 day ago
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
ROLE MODELS FOR ALL OF US
What stuck me, too, is that by keeping themselves secreted, it wasn't only other LGBT people who lost the opportunity to learn and grow by their example, it was all of us. After all, it has been proven that prejudice and negativity fall away when people are exposed to those who are different. As more LGBT people live their lives in the open, raise families and participate in the community; the community has, in turn, embraced them and supported them.
My son educated me to the fact that the reason gay men, in particular, were thought to be promiscuous had more to do with the fact that society didn't accept them coupled up, so their option was to have secretive sexual encounters. The secrecy and lacking the option for open, intimate relationships led to lives where promiscuity was just the way it was done. Ultimately and unfortunately, it also led to the spread of HIV/AIDS. Bringing those issues, rights and lives into the light has resulted in our society becoming educated and accepting of our differences and aware of our similarities. With that acceptance, the spread of the virus has decreased.