The concept of marriage equality may be gaining ground in more of the country, but the same rote arguments against LGBTQ acceptance still remain. Among these, one of the oldest may be the assumption that being gay is a choice, and if only gay people would stop making this choice, discrimination against them would surely end.
But in this moving and often funny video from Wipe Out Homophobia, it’s clear that no one’s sexuality is an act of volition. And this simple realization on the part of those being interviewed leads to a series of lightbulb moments, the connecting thread of which seems to be that gay or straight, inherently we’re just not that different.
The LGBTQ movement has made great strides as of late due in part to the highly-publicized coming out of national sports stars Brittney Griner and Jason Collins. Yet, equality remains stymied in states like Arizona and Washington where proposed legislation could legalize gay and trans discrimination.
It’s clear that we’ve still got a long road ahead of us, but the process of change, slow though it may be, isn’t all that complex; evidence shows that simply knowing a gay person can positively influence one’s decision to support their rights, including the right to marry a same-sex partner.
The more LGBTQ community gains visibility, the less different or foreign gay people seem. As evidenced by this video, asking a simple question may be all it takes to make that perfectly clear.
What do you think it will take to further LGBTQ acceptance? Let us know in the Comments.
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A Bay Area native, Andri Antoniades previously worked as a fashion industry journalist and medical writer. In addition to reporting the weekend news on TakePart, she volunteers as a webeditor for locally-based nonprofits and works as a freelance feature writer for TimeOutLA.com. Email Andri | @andritweets | TakePart.com