“Now, for example, people with freckles aren’t thought of as a minority by the non-freckled. They aren’t a minority in the sense we’re talking about. And why aren’t they? Because a minority is only thought of as a minority when it constitutes some kind of a threat to the majority, real or imaginary. And no threat is ever quite imaginary. Anyone here disagree with that? If you do, just ask yourself, what would this particular minority do if it suddenly became the majority overnight? You see what I mean? Well, if you don’t – think it over!
So, let’s face it, minorities are people who probably look and act and – think differently from us and hay faults we don’t have. We may dislike the way they look and act, and we may hate their faults. And it’s better if we admit to disliking and hating them than if we try to smear our feelings over with pseudo liberal sentimentality. If we’re frank about our feelings, we have a safety valve; and if we have a safety valve, we’re actually less likely to start persecuting. I know that theory is unfashionable nowadays. We all keep trying to believe that if we ignore something long enough it’ll just vanish….”
- Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man
I really wanted to start this post with this quote from one of my favorite books & movies. I also wanted to start it with a fact. Panama is a very close-minded country, despite our American upbringing & our global influences; equality is not the first thing that pops to mind when you think about Panama.
Homosexuality still is a big taboo in our country, it is often mocked up by the media & the regular Panamanian, whom consider it a ridicule behavior instead of a way of being, a way of being that should be respected even if it doesn’t fit in the average status quo manner. Average is boring.
Globally, gay pride is a feast of individuality & happiness, a date where you are free to be who you are & not being ashamed of it, is as if we were all the stars in the sky, shinning at the same time, showing our true colors & how happy we’re to be alive.
I’m gonna finalize this post thanking God & the whole world for evolving into a place where hatred & disrespect to all kinds of selves could be a taboo, a place where, as Christopher wrote, the fear of the minorities changes to a big pond of love & trust, humankind needs it. All that’s left to say is, Happy Days Are Here Again, Get Happy!
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