“It was never their vilification but your silence that bared me…”
– Humma Malik
We have the presidential election coming up next week here in the US. We all know I try to keep politics out of my blog. Having said that, all I am going to say is this…
As someone who faces judgement and attacks for being myself, I found it infinitely easier to express who I am and what I needed here in the virtual world of Second Life. Why? Because if it ever got to bad, I could always close the window and shut out SL. But in my RL, I can never “close the window.” It’s what I face every day and I have learned, especially in the challenges I have faced since returning to work, that I can either accept the status quo or speak up and help the others who will come behind me.
The thing is though, I can’t do it alone. I can’t educate everyone. I read an interesting article the other day discussing Prince Harry speaking out about white privilege and what it means to the black population to have someone of his stature speaking out publicly. The statement that spoke the most to me was when the author said that we have reached a point in time where black people shouldn’t have to educate the rest of the world on their plight.
The same can be said for the LGBTQ population. We need your voices to help us. Silence only allows the prejudices to remain and the attacks to continue.
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