The West haven’t made it in terms of accepting LGBT+ people. Quite frankly, I honestly don’t think that simply legalising gay marriage is going to fix the problems, either.
So what does if look like when we’ve made it in terms of equakity? Here’s a few points I’ve come up with:
We’ve made it when:
- Someone’s sexuality doesn’t cause media hysteria
- When sexuality isn’t used purely for ratings (like on My Kitchen Rules)
- When words like ‘gay’ are no longer used as an insult
- when asexual people are believed, respected and not mocked
- when sexuality is no longer the second biggest reason that children are bullied at school (disability is still the biggest reason off bullying)
- When LGBT+ people are not at risk of physical or sexual assault
- When LGBT+ teenagers aren’t thrown out of home after disclosing their identity to family
- When there isn’t pressure to ‘come out’ or ‘stay in the closet’.
- When everyone can just BE.