Monday, January 28, 2013

Exploration three

 "It was beautiful to see people not hiding."
Sylvia (Ray) Rivera

 This quote stood out to me because the gay people were no longer hiding from society who they really were.  My brother is gay, thats why I chose this profile.  I love my brother and will support him whether I agree with his decisions or not.  I do not want him to have to hide because he his afraid of judgement.  I want him to be who his is and not feel ashamed.  I feel that this profile tells us just how judgemental our society really is and was.  The Stonewall incident proves that we as humans do not like to accept someone who are different from the ideal image.  Being gay is more accepted today, however there are still those people who have hatred towards homosexuals and disagree with their ways, but why? Why does it matter to them that two people of the same gender want to be with one another?  The answer to that lies within a persons religion or another aspect of their life. 
Today gays are very "loud and proud" if you will.  There have been many organizations come about to show support towards equality for homosexuals.  The biggest event for this equality is The Gay Pride Parade which is held in the month of June in multiple cities across world.  The month of June is considered Gay Pride Month.  The parade was actually started due to the Stonewall riots.  More people felt inspired to support the cause of gay rights because of that incident so in 1970 a march that is known to be the first Gay Pride Parade was held in New York city. 
This article is about the Gay Pride Parade that was held in Columbus Ohio last year.  In this article it talks about how gays and lesbians as well as their allies celebrated the homosexual members of the community.  More and more people, business, etc. are becoming acceptant of these individuals.
This pictures shows the flooded streets of Columbus Ohio at the annual Gay Pride Parade last year in June 2012.  It also shows a well known business (Besy Buy) supporting the issue. 


  1. I loved this quote and used it as well! I like how you were able to connect it with something in your life so it was more personal.

  2. I liked this profile and this quote a lot, My sister is gay as well. For me it was difficult to accept at first and I didn't really understand or accept it, but the more I spent time with her and her girl friend I really came to accept it and now it really bothers me when people judge them based on it. Its not what defines them, there is so much more to them than that, anyway I'll stop rambling but I really agree with you about all this.

    1. I wasn't necessarily hard for me to accept at first, I guess i had always known on some level it was just difficult to adjust to is the best way to put it. There are some things that my brother does that I don't agree with but like I said he's my brother and I love him.

  3. I really like that quote. My friend is also gay and recently just told me. right away I respected him for telling me. I have known him since we were in grade school and it was hard to accept. But my friendship would never change with him just because he gay.

  4. I like how you said that personally you will support your brother no matter what your personal views are! Being gay or straight does not change the person on the inside and I think many people lose sight of that. Enjoyed your post and your quote!

  5. I also have a family member that is gay (cousin) she was very embarrassed to tell us and i think its sad how people are treated different based on their sexual preference I'm glad to see people standing up for themselves and hopefully one day it will not be a problem for anyone.

  6. Sylvia was a powerful profile to read. You had to feel just sorry for her though to have to live such a rough life from the very start.

    I love how the gay community does not need to hide. Why should they?

  7. I have a cousin who is gay and it broke my heart that she thought the family wouldn't accept her because she was a lesbian. I personally don't care what team she plays for.. family is family!

  8. Your support is very refreshing to see. It's so good to hear such warm things in situations like these. I wasn't actually aware that the parades were a result of the riot. I thought they were started some time later on. Very nice post.

  9. I also found Sylvia Rivera's profile very interesting. I couldn't believe that it all started at the age of ten. I agree with your views and think people should be able to choose as they want.