What is the Gay Agenda?

While back, I noticed that #FearTheGayAgenda was trending on Twitter. Now, it’s not what you think it means. It isn’t a bunch of closed-minded conservatism-loving republicans fearing for their heterosexual minds on whether we are storming their schools and homes like the capitol building so that we can convert their children and/or their spouses. It was a sporting event but, in fact, the gayest sporting event besides football – professional wrestling.

But this got me thinking, what is the actual gay agenda? Because no one asked for it, and I’m a registered and card-carrying member, I thought I would share with you what is the gay agenda. You don’t need to hide your kids, your husband, and/or your wives. We aren’t looking to snatch people up.

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The Gay Agenda

I’m about to blow your mind with this. Are you ready? The gay agenda is nothing more than to be able to exist the same way as heterosexuals. That’s it. That is, in fact, the gay agenda. The gay agenda is to live in a world where you don’t have to worry about someone deciding if you deserve rights just because you aren’t “like them.” Or random strangers calling slurs out at you because they find you and who you love to be “wrong.” The gay agenda is literally just anyone LGBTQ+ being able to go out into the world without fear.

Society, at some point, has made the world into a heteronormative world. My guess: Someone caught their lover, who was gay, and decreed that it’s “immortal” to sleep with someone who happens to be the same gender as you. To make it sound more powerful, they took the word of The Bible and made linked it to their cause. Sound familiar? It’s because it’s still going on today—people just the Bible to cover up their prejudice all the time.

People try using God and his word to put fear into people. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed. Julius Caesar could bang Brutus, and that was totally fine. You try to hold hands with the person you are dating the same gender as you down the street. You could get slurs thrown at you, or worse, you could actually get gay-bashed. It’s even worse if you are trans or non-binary. They could end up dead. While society has gotten better, it’s still has a long way to go.

So what helps the gay agenda progress?

Representation, tolerance, and acceptance. The more you see LGBTQ+ more in the media, the more it helps make LGBTQ+ people seem “normal.” The heteros might not want to see it, but it’s needed. This is how I look at it: Do I want to see all the heteros making out all the time? No. So you can suck it up for the minimal amount of “homosexuals” that you’ll have to deal with while I’ll have to watch you 95% of the content made towards the heteros. The media that we consume is that much hetero.

The best part of having representation? Eventually, you won’t give a shit if two guys are making out on your screen because it will be just normal for everyone to see. The benefit of it is just a normal thing: more acceptance and less hate. That’s all the gay agenda—more acceptance. We can’t stop being gay just as much as the heteros can’t stop being hetero. Everyone wants to be accepted, and frankly, everyone should.

DaBaby wouldn’t have been made those comments if we had more representation because that creates more understanding and acceptance. Are you starting to understand the agenda more? Granted, you still have ignorance and idiots in the world. But at least it wouldn’t be as common or slightly socially acceptable. While most people are more mindful of things, we still have prevalent homophobia and transphobia.

It’s not your job to understand why. It’s your job to be supportive

Like, I just recently got called a faggot by a random person that I didn’t know. Why, you may ask? They didn’t like the help I gave them, and they saw the LGBTQ+ pride necklace that I wear. Tell me how that’s okay. Why is it okay for hetero couples to have sex on your tv but not for LGBTQ+? Tell me why it’s okay for people to get berated for identity as male but wanting to wear nail polish. Why it’s okay for people to belittle people who don’t identify as male or female and want to use they/them pronouns? Tell me why it’s okay for trans people to be called by their dead names and the wrong gender. Spoiler: It’s not.

Using “children” and “the Bible” as a crutch to support your answers to those questions, then you are massively part of the problem. It’s also just horrible. Why do you care so much about what others want to do with their lives? As long as it’s not hurting anyone or anything, let people live their life. Life is too short for you to be sitting at home angry that the gay agenda is being spread when it has no impact on your rights, life, safety, or well-being.

Hopefully, this has helped you get a better grasp of the gay agenda and what it actually means. If you would like to help spread the gay agenda, it’s easy to do and you don’t have to be gay. Support equal rights, donate if you are to organizations like GLAAD or the Human Rights Campaign, and just be a supportive ally. That’s it.

“What I preach is: People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever. What I’m in love with exists on almost a spiritual level.”

Miley Cyrus

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Inspirational Pride Quotes from Jojo Siwa

Since this Pride month is a little different than usual, I thought it was fitting if we look at some inspirational quotes from the person that most people would look at unless you are under the age of 12. I’m talking about Jojo Siwa, the girl with the massive bow. Originally on the show, “Dance Moms,” Jojo has become the Nickelodeon star that gives children Kids Bops style of music that doesn’t suck.

Jojo’s brand is all about self-acceptance and being yourself. Something that is Pride is all about. In an interview with Time, JoJo said that she models this from the late lead singer of the rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury.

“He was unapologetically himself … He looked different than everyone,” Jojo told Time. “I’ve always been like that, and I’ve never really known someone who pretty much does what I do.” She’s only 17 but she going to one a young LGBTQ+ source of inspiration because of the fact that she’s an ally and she truly loves her fans the way they are. Here are some inspirational quotes from Jojo that come from her lyrics:

For those haters that judge you

For when people don’t like you for you

To those who want you to be “normal”

When you just want to be your authentic self

For when you are your full authentic self

When you feel alone and like no one understands who you are

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A letter for Coming Out Day

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Dear closeted LGBTQA+,

Today is National Coming Out Day. For many, coming out is way to finally express yourself without hiding who you are. Everyone should have the ability to be themselves without fear. Hiding who you are isn’t fun nor something that will make you happy. Being yourself, regardless of orientation or gender, is the best thing in the world.

Just because it’s Coming Out Day doesn’t mean you have to come out. Coming out is something that you should do when you feel you are ready. I believe that coming out to yourself is the hardest part, and the most important, of accepting yourself. You gotta accept yourself before you can expect anyone else to accept you. Accepting yourself takes time. It happens over time and at your own pace. You shouldn’t ever feel rushed when it comes to accepting yourself. Also, don’t come pair yourself to others. For some people, it was easy. For you, it might not be. Everyone experiences will different in life, and this is the same.

When you are ready to come out, the feeling that you get is something you cannot describe. It’s a mixture of relief and happiness. The movie “Love, Simon” explained it best when Simon’s mom said he can finally “breathe.” You can finally be yourself. There’s no more hiding if you find someone attractive nor if you want to do something that isn’t considered to be “cool.”  Coming out will open up so many more doors for you.

If you don’t feel comfortable or can’t safely come out, don’t. You can still enjoy life. Don’t put your life at risk. Also remember that even when it seems like there isn’t anyone on your side or you feel alone, you are not. There are many people who will like you for you. Don’t change yourself for others. If anyone doesn’t like you because of who love, you don’t need them. There are plenty of people in the world that will like you for you. Even if they are family, you don’t need them. They are plenty of people who will support you even if your family won’t.

Hopefully you find this letter helpful. Just remember to take your time and have faith. As corny as it sounds, it does get better over time. And if you are having issues or questions or hard times, there are plenty of resources out there like the Trevor Project. Until you do come out, use this day to be an ally to anyone that might need it. You might meet someone that could be in the same boat as you.

Stay positive and be you,

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Steven Kaufman

 

 

‘Love,Simon’ hits your heart in all the right places and it’s everything

It’s time for straight not to be the default

This movie review is going to be a bit different from the past ones. I’m going to try my best to be balanced but honestly, It’s rather hard. Everyone deserves a great love story, and here it is. Especially if you don’t see yourself in the ones that are usually presented by television or movies.

Love, Simon

“Love, Simon” is a 2018 romantic comedy based on the book “Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda” by Becky Albertalli (Click the book title for my review of the book.) Directed by Greg Berlanti, who wrote and produced CW’s shows like “Arrow,” “Riverdale,” and “The Flash,” the movie is the first major studio film that features gay teenage romance.

The movie follows Simon Spier, a closeted gay teen who meet another closeted gay teen in his school online. The two began an online relationship hidden from his family and friends. His life gets turned upset down when a classmate blackmailed Simon with screenshots of his online relationship. Simon must then chose whether to follow through with the demands or to have his world cave in around him before he is ready. 

The movie is brilliantly told. As someone who read the book before seeing the movie, it follows it almost plot the same as the book did. There are some instances where they add to the plot because it’s a movie. When it does, It adds more depth to the story and allows things to be fleshed out more. The ending of the movie is actually more epic than what was in the book.

The acting is extremely good in this movie. The characters are likable, minus the ones you aren’t supposed to like. Simon is probably the best character out of them all. You can’t help but love Simon. Nick Robinson did an extremely well job portraying Simon. My only complaint with acting was that Katherine Langford’s natural Australian accent came through at times and it was obvious. She did an amazing job but I’m probably just nitpicking a bit.

It was extremely refreshing to see a non stereotypically gay character. While they are getting better, most gay characters in TV/Movies have been some sort of stereotypes. The overly flamboyant gay guy, the self-hating gay guy, etc. There’s many of them and frankly, they exist but it wasn’t everyone. Simon Spier isn’t any of those stereotypes. He is just guy trying to figure out who is he. He just happens to be gay. He’s representing the people who couldn’t see themselves in a character before this. “Love, Simon” has allowed many people to finally see themselves in a movie character and relate to them.

The Verdict

“Love, Simon” is a quality teen romantic comedy. It’s not just a movie for LGBT, but something for anyone that want to see a good love story. “Love, Simon” will be the first of many movies that will finally allow more people to see themselves in the things they watch. Like the movie says, everyone deserves a great love story. It was about time that they got one. “Love, Simon” is that movie.

“Love, Simon” is still in theaters. It will out digital on May 29th and DVD/Blu-Ray on June 12th.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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