Acceptance is something everyone wants all the way through their life. As children, we want acceptance from our parents and peers and the same goes for when we are adults. But for people within the LGBTQ+ community, it is often misunderstood as to how difficult acceptance can be.
When I first came out, I was afraid that my friends wouldn’t accept me for who I am. To this day, I’m grateful that they did. Those first few people that you say it aloud to help us to feel safe and accepted, therefore it becomes easier each time we openly say that this is who we are. However, I have still faced many hardships and a great deal of hatred towards me, all for the fact that I am gay.
In my adult life, I came to understand that there are just some things that will never change. There are always going to be some closed minded ignorant people in the world. But thankfully these days, those numbers are far fewer than what they were before.
On moving to China, I was told that I had to keep that part of my life completely sealed off as I would be hit with many issues if people were to know or even see that I was gay in any way. I thankfully learned that that wasn’t entirely true. At least not in the city of Shenzhen. I’ve been accepted by so many people here, both foreigners and Chinese alike, who have shown me that there is a safe space to be happy and safely open about who I am. However that being said, there are still aspects of my life where I feel uncomfortable voicing it out loud for fear of misunderstanding or worse, persecution.
It doesn’t matter where you are from in the world, there will unfortunately always be some darkness trying to surround members of the LGBTQ+ community and most of us will have already experienced this. There is already too much sadness and malicious intent towards the LGBTQ+ community for us to separate or have conflict. Pride is a time for all members of this community to celebrate our freedom to be who we are and love who we want to love. That’s why with SZummer pride only a few weeks away, I respectfully request that we all come together stronger than ever to look past any adversity or hardship that may have occurred over the past few months and come out better and stronger as one. We are all human and we all have the right to be who we are and love who we love. We should be each other’s support system through anything.
I am proud to say that I accept anyone no matter where they are from, who they are or who they love. I hope that one day we, in the LGBTQ+ community, can live without fear of not being accepted, but until that day arrives, I hope that we can stand together and stay strong.
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