In December I joined an event on Facebook. The link to the event is above. I could explain more about the event however I think the person who started it says it best so I have copied his words from the Facebook event page below.
“Homophobia and the closet are allies. Like an unhealthy co-dependent relationship they need each other to survive. One plays the victim living in fear and shame while the other plays the persecutor policing what is ‘normal’. The only way to dismantle homophobia is for every gay man and lesbian in the world to come out and live authentic lives. Once they realise how normal we are and see themselves in us….the controversy is over.
It is interesting to think what would happen though….on a particularly pre-determined day that every single gay man and lesbian came out. Imagine the impact when, on that day, people all around the world suddenly discovered their bosses, mums, dads, daughters, sons, aunts, uncles, cousins, teachers, doctors, neighbours, colleagues, politicians, their favourite actors, celebrities and sports heroes, the people they loved and respected……were indeed gay.
All stereotypes would immediately be broken…..just by the same single act of millions of people…..and at last there would no longer be need for secrecy. The closet would become the lounge room. How much healthier would we be emotionally and psychologically when we could all be ourselves doing life without the internal and societal negatives that have been attached to our sexual orientation.” Anthony Venn-Brown Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBI)
My dream is that by wearing a Rainbow Ribbon everyday, people that are struggling to accept themselves as LGBT will see lots of us in everyday jobs, in supermarkets and know they aren’t alone.
By doing this, would it be possible that we might prevent another LGBT person from suicide?
#WaRRe #LGBT #ComingOut #MentalHealth #SuicidePrevention”
What an amazing idea and I’d like to do what I can to help – hence this post. Today I spoke to him, it was a complete pleasure and he shared more about what his dream is with me. He doesn’t see this as a short event that ends after a small period of time which fades in our collective memories. His dream is a grass roots movement to spread the concept firstly throughout Queensland, then Australia and then internationally. The person behind this idea is Johann and I am going to support his idea 100%.
The act of wearing a rainbow ribbon and being seen doing our day to day activities may just be the sign that someone needs to take that first tentative step out of the closet.
Will you join Johann’s dream?
Adele Fisher Copyright 2015