Black P.R.I.D.E. (LGBTQ+)

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Black P.R.I.D.E. (LGBTQ+)

The last few months have been dominated by the miss treatment of black Americans, and I love that this is a conversation that is being had. However, I don't want to forget about a subgroup of black Americans who are often facing injustice, and that is our LGBTQ+ family. This post is going to give you some ideas about how we can help the LGBTQ+. 

Parent: Take care and love your children, if you know someone who is not you love that child. The love of a parent should be unconditional, and for many youths who are LGBTQ+, this love comes with a condition. I could rant about how much I dislike parents rejecting their children, but I will not do that. Just love the children. 

Relationship: If you are one of those people who have preconceived notions about the LGBTQ+ community, build a relationship with one person. In sociology and psychology, they found that just one relationship with an outside group can have an impact on how you view the group and kill many misconceptions. 
If one group is denied their rights, it is a slippery slope to you further being denied yours.

Inclusion: If you know me in person, you know I am very passionate about the treatment of others. I find the treatment of the LGBTQ+ to not be great. I do live in the south after all, and being black at the same time is even more difficult. As we talk about black lives, let that include ALL black lives and not just the ones we want to support. Inclusion changes live, it could save lives. 

Demystify: Talk with your children, family, friends about the topic and demystify it. My son has grown up in a house where love is love is an open topic. We have read books about transgendered children, gay couples, and his ability to love whoever and dress however he wants. Until we make this normal, there will always be an injustice. 

Equity: I don't need to explain this. If one group is denied their rights, it is a slippery slope to you further being denied yours. We are all human and have the same right to love, safety, justice, and freedom. 
You have the control,  power, and strength to heal from within. Love Shakirah

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