Why are people so afraidWhy are people so afraid? What are they afraid of? I just don’t understand the vitriol aimed toward the LGBTQ community, here and around the world. I just read about two women caned in Malaysia. I read too often about another murder of a transgender woman. I know there are thousands of stories I will never hear about.

I don’t understand why people can’t just live their lives and leave the rest of us alone, LGBTQ or not. Why is it any business of theirs who someone loves or how someone identifies. What is the threat?

And then there are those who use their religion to condemn and bully the LGBTQ community. Is that really what their religion teaches? I get particularly angry of those who claim to be bullying out of love. Love of what? Love of whom? When did rejection and shaming equal love?

Some of the most wonderful, courageous people I’m honored to know are LGBTQ. They are regular, every day people – just like you and me. There is nothing, absolutely nothing that is different about them. I love Joe. You love Stacey. Does that make us different? We just love different people. How is that a threat? I identify as a woman, you identify as a woman or a man or neither. We have the same heart, we care about people and just want to live in peace. We are not different in the most fundamental of ways.

I pray for a dream of a time when no one is hurt, emotionally, spiritually or physically because of who they love or how they identify. That day cannot come soon enough.

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