Equal Rights – we should all have them, but we don’t.
In history we have seen time and time again, humans repeating the same basic, fundamental mistakes. Where a minority is over looked, discriminated against and even abused. Many years later a new generation will come along, appalled by the older generations actions, and yet they are so quick to do the same.
This blog hop asks the question: What does being a part of the GLBT communtiy mean to me?
For me it means not turning a blind eye. I may only be a straight woman who writes MM, but that doesn’t give me the right to do so.
Turning a blind eye is just as detrimental. I see people I love fighting to be acknowledged as human beings, I see them terrified of what might happen to their family and the person they love – just as much as I love my own husband – should something happen to them.
I was horrified when I received a phone call from a devastated friend. His partner had ended up in hospital, and yet he only found out because he works in that very hospital, and another staff member told him in passing. When he asked why he wasn’t informed straight away, a nurse who worked with them responded with a laugh, “Why would we? We only notify family, it’s not like you guys are serious.”
Appallingly, her reply was not because they were a new couple. No. My friend and the man he loves have been together for a little over six years now, living together, and very open about their relationship.
It breaks my heart, and makes me furious that we as people seem to be unable to learn from our mistakes.
As an Australian, I feel frustrated and ashamed when I see places like New Zealand and the US taking strides to learn and grow, yet my own country is embarrassingly unwilling to do so.
I hope one day my children and grandchildren will be ashamed that it was even questioned for a person to have basic human rights. Because when that day comes, I will be there with people I hold most dear, and I’ll cheer when we are no longer making history, but just doing what is right.
In support of Equal Rights, I am giving away a copy of any of my previously released books. To enter all you need to do is is leave your name, email and answer the following question.
What is the most inspirational quote on equality you have ever heard or read?