In horror movies, numerous motives influence a damaged person to put on a mask and slaughter people. They could’ve been abused, traumatized, or even woke up on the wrong side of the bed. In the real world in today’s society, murder is boiled down to one primary motive that scares many minorities.
Hate.
Hate is such a strong word, and personally, I try not to use it when I talk about somebody I may not agree with or like. Hatred towards the LGBTAQ+ community has gone back to decades of killings and crimes. If we go back to 1998, Matthew Shepard was picked up at a bar in Wyoming and was taken to the middle of nowhere to be beaten and left for dead. In 1978, Harvey Milk was assassinated by somebody who wasn’t comfortable with his direction in politics. In 1993, Brandon Teena was raped and murdered for trying to live life as his authentic self as an openly transgender male. Let’s not forget the more recent events of the Pulse nightclub shooting and the continuous murders of our transgender brothers and sisters. In 2018, it was reported that out of the 7,120 attacks on file, roughly 1 in 5 of those were due to hate crime towards somebody based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
People live, and people die…I get it. It’s the cycle of life, and we all have our expiration date. But we should let natural causes determine that, not the disagreeing opinions of somebody who may disagree with the lives that we live. And though people may have opposing views on the LGBTQA+ community, there are other ways to express it. When in doubt, don’t talk about it.
Audiences get entertained by the gore and killings of over the top characters in slasher movies. The reality of the situation is that these killings happen regularly and do not involve the “jock” or the “stoner.” These people are somebody’s spouse, child, sibling, or even a role model/leader. When they take these innocent people’s lives away, they are also damaging everybody in their lives that they value and love deeply.
Hate also doesn’t mean to kill. It could also mean saying a slur such as ‘faggot’ or ‘dyke’. It could also mean defacing a same-sex couple’s property or an establishment, such as burning a rainbow pride flag or keying a car. Over the past five years, ever since gay marriage became legal in the United States, discrimination and negative opposing opinions have increased towards the community. Somehow, the equality of something as simple as marriage has struck a nerve with individuals and makes people feel uncomfortable.
Some individuals use religion as an excuse to treat LGBTQIA+ members with disrespect. In Christianity, there may be verses that may be against the community. However, those people should let God be the judge of that. And, in most cases, those Christians are violating other parts of the bible, being hypocritical or “praying for forgiveness.” I grew up in the church and read the bible thoroughly…Most of those people do not follow the word of God 100%. In all religions, the foundation of their beliefs is to love everybody equally and treat your neighbor with respect…What happened to following that?
I have also had conversations with people who may be “in the middle” of this issue. They would say something along the lines of, “I don’t have any problems with gay people, just don’t throw it in my face.”
Yes…me holding my husband’s hand is shoving it in your face, but the trashy couple in the corner has a man with his hand down his girlfriend’s pants, fondling her butt! The gay couple at the clubs are having a slow, romantic dance. The straight couples are grinding their bodies all over each other…practically dry humping.
Sounds fair….right?
I understand to a certain extent that individuals have opposing opinions on multiple issues, and it is damn near possible for them to change. This country has flourished throughout history based on people having different viewpoints and opinions.
Do I think it’s fair? No. But it’s the reality of the situation.
However, I will conclude this statement. People may believe in their opposition for everyday people like me, who choose to live authentically and proud. But your belief is just that…a belief. My existence and every person within my community…their existence is a reality. If you oppose the rights of the LGBTQA+ community or even any community in general, think about the hurt you are causing to these people. Think outside of your backyard and take a walk in their shoes and feel their pain, suffering, and anguish. And if you cannot see eye-to-eye with the groups you disagree with and still don’t believe in the equal rights and dignity you have, then maybe you should place the Ghostface or Michael Myers mask on your face to cover the hate.

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