I think Halloween is going to be the death of me…
Ironically, I love celebrating Halloween in real life. I love seeing the kids all dressed up and having fun. I love watching horror movies with friends. I love costume parties. As I wrote about before…I love the freedom we have to express ourselves at Halloween.
As a blogger…I feel like my creativity is truly stretched because doing images like today’s post are sooooooooo far outside of what I’m used to! Talk about stepping outside of my comfort zone!
But you know what? What’s life without a good challenge? Right? Apparently Epiphany is that challenge to really help push me out of my comfort zone and into trying some new things. That’s right…Epiphany is back today and, as you can see, they are ready for Halloween!
I will say that as I worked on this picture, I had a mix of laughter and frustration. The laughter came from thinking about a conversation Callie Hamelin and I had on Monday about stretching ourselves and chasing our goals. She had really pushed me to chase after a goal of mine recently…has been for some time actually…and I achieved it. But then I turn around the same day and have to work in an area that is so not what I normally do blogging that, well…I couldn’t help but laugh about it.
I will admit that some of my frustrations with society’s view of the transgender population manifested itself in this picture.
I know, with all my heart, that those of you who follow me here do not see me this way. I know those of you who follow me support me, believe in me, see me as a normal woman and accept me. Sadly though, there are still people in society who, when they look at me or someone else transitioning, they look at us and see some sort of monster looking back at them. They believe we are some sort of monster who is out to hurt the people they care about. They look at us in fear and disgust, as though we are going to attack and murder them simply because we are not heteronormative.
While yes, we should all be able to blow of those looks of fear and disgust and move on with our lives as though it never happened, it can be easier said than done. When you experience the looks of people staring back at you with a look that conveys anything BUT acceptance, it wears on you over time. Its impossible for it not to. And while the world is getting better…we still have so far to go before the world views us as normal.
All you have to do is read the news to see that we still have a long way to go. The Arizona Supreme Court recently ruled that a business could deny services to LGBTQ customers based on religious faith. The US Supreme Court recently heard a case that would essentially allow the federal government to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals but in hiring and assigning government contracts. We still see reports and social media posts of people believing the LGBTQ population is evil, sick or whatever. It was only a few months ago that a Second Life resident posted on Facebook that they believed the LGBTQ population deserved the violence and discrimination they encountered…and that we were responsible for the discrimination we encountered.
As I said…the world still has a long, long way to go.
I do believe we will get there though. How quickly we see true equality for the LGBTQ population depends, believe it or not, more on the silent majority. Its going to take the silent majority speaking up more…not just on social media…but in a much more public fashion that puts pressure on our governments to demand equality. So long as our governments are supporting discriminatory behavior, those people will validate their behaviors behind discriminatory laws. Don’t believe me? Just look back to the Civil Rights movement and the Jim Crow laws that existed in the US.
But enough seriousness for today. The Halloween season is upon us! Epiphany opens today! Let’s see you all in your spookiest attire this month! ♥
See it on Flickr.
Foxcity – Mani 3 (L Arm adjustment with Animare)