Hi everyone! Before I get started. . .
HAPPY BANNED BOOKS WEEK!!!!!!
Yep. It’s that time of year again. That post is forthcoming (hopefully), but that’s not what I’m focusing on today.
So right now I’m reading a book called The Miseducation of Cameron Post, written by Emily M. Danforth. Cameron, the main character, is a lesbian adolescent living in Montana. Eventually, she’s sent to God’s Promise, a facility dedicated to eradicating “homosexual sin” in the “disciples” it hosts. Cameron participates in one-on-ones with the people in charge, support groups, etc. And, of course, it got me thinking about what gay people have to deal with, gay rights, and stuff like that.
Then, today, I saw pictures on Tumblr of people in Russia who have been protesting the anti-LGBTQ actions that have been taking place there. They’re being violently assaulted, arrested, and all manner of awful, awful things are being done to them. This ticks me off SO MUCH. (Trust me; I’m punching my keyboard pretty hard right now.) It’s just. . .AGH. It needs to stop, as soon as possible.
Many books have been banned for homosexual content, also. One such book is And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. It’s a book about a baby penguin being brought up by two adult penguins in a zoo. . .but both of said adult penguins are male. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Steven Chbosky’s famous book about Charlie, a freshman in high school, has also been banned for homosexual content, among other things.
If you believe homosexuality is a sin because of your religion, that’s okay with me. But if you think that it should be illegal for gay or lesbian couples to get married, I start to really want to have an argument. Forcing your beliefs on others like that just isn’t okay in my opinion. If a gay couple is in love and wants to get married, why the heck not?
Homophobia isn’t just a problem in Russia, it’s a problem across the world. All Out, an organization hoping to stop this, has a website that shows that in 76 countries, being LGBT is illegal. In some, it’s a valid reason for a death penalty.
These people aren’t wrong or “tainted” by how they feel about members of the same sex; they just want the same rights, and to be allowed to marry those they love.
Allout.org has a lot of ways you can help with the fight for gay rights. (But, by the way, Stoli vodka is made in Latvia, not Russia. Don’t hurt the Latvians by boycotting it!) I definitely suggest you go check it out! They’re doing a lot of great things to try to solve the horrible problems some people are facing. This video of theirs sums it up pretty well, and what they’re doing is really awesome:
Anyway, I guess that’s about it for today. If you want to, feel free to email me and I will gladly send you a detailed rant expanding on this. (I’m only sort of kidding.) Hopefully there will be a Banned Books Week post coming soon? I hope? Heh heh.
Have a great Friday everyone!
Literary Quote of the Day: “We are political novelists who do not wish to be political.” –Author David Leviathan, on gay writers