This month is LGBT History Month in the UK. The idea of the month is to reflect on the history of the LGBT community and also think about how the community may evolve from here. The guys over at Carvaka thought it would be a good idea (and I agree by the way!) to produce an infographic to celebrate all that is great about the LGBT community to mark the month. The graphic lists some of the community’s most successful people, which include Giorgio Armani, Peter Thiel, David Geffen, Megan Ellison and Elton John.
To show just how far the community has come in securing equal marital rights for its members, the infographic shows all of the countries in the world where same-sex marriage is now fully recognised. However, there is still much work to do, particularly in Russia, the Middle East and much of Africa where prejudice is still common. Some interesting stats are also included, such as that 1.7% of the UK population identify as being part of the LGBT community, but this number rises to 3.3% when people aged 17-24 are analysed. This disparity points to a lost generation of older LGBT people who could never bring themselves to come out; it is through initiatives such as LGBT History Month that these people are encouraged to be who they really are without fear of prejudice or ridicule.
I hope you enjoy this infographic and during the month of February reflect on from whence the community has come, all that is great about it and how it might develop into the future. Happy LGBT History Month!
Here’s something worth talking about besides the never-ending nonsense in Kentucky. The “Captain Underpants” series, which is widely beloved by children and widely poo-poo’ed by fuddy-duddies, went out with a major mic drop last week.
I am gay and I used to be a homophobe. I never voiced it and I never targeted it outwardly at anyone, but I used to resent flamboyant gay men, because they made it look so easy to be themselves and not care what anyone thought of them. Although I identified with them very strongly, I did not allow myself to express that part of myself. My greatest desire was to fit in and be accepted by the mainstream, so I tried to stifle any mannerisms and preferences that might give me away as gay.
That’s so gay
This card from the game Cards Against Humanity sums up 15 years of my life
My internalised homophobia was taken to ridiculous lengths. I refused to admit listening to (and enjoying) music by artists like Adam Lambert, Village People, Scissor Sisters and the Pet Shop Boys, who were all obviously associated with LGBT themes. I was careful not to dress too well and faked an ineptitude for fashion.
Even spending time with other gay people was a risk, because my natural proclivities seemed to be magnified in their company and I always feared I would set their gaydar buzzing. Most of the time it seemed my efforts were unsuccessful, as I still got picked out as gay.
Now that I am out of the closet, my obsessions with Katy Perry, Glee and Kylie Minogue are common knowledge, but I am still struggling to undo the legacy of prejudices I developed out of fear of myself. I am sure that I am not the only one.
I am strongly opposed to homophobia and I believe that everyone should be free to embrace who they are without fear of judgment or harassment. Rejecting a personal trait within yourself can only lead to you rejecting it in others. Isn’t life difficult enough as it is, without us persecuting ourselves and those like us?