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Why Spirit Day Is Not EnoughPreface
This essay was written in October of 2010 after DeviantART released this article supporting the Spirit Day movement to bring awareness to LGBT bullying.
I wrote it because there were so many comments on the official article that were defaming to one group or another that I felt the true issue had been lost in the rhetoric. The point of Spirit Day is to show solidarity and compassion for your fellow human beings. Not gay or straight or ill or handicapped - those categories don't matter. We're just humans, each flawed and each perfect. Spirit Day was an attempt to remind us of that.
I was confronted with two major arguments to this e
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Let me start off with:
Don't get me wrong, I totally support the efforts against bullying, particularly for people who have some form of non-normative gender expression or sexuality. BUT, for the most part, I find that allies (or even people who are part of "LGBTQ"/"GLBTQ" communities forget about those who DO NOT RECOGNIZE THE GENDER BINARY, and who are not simply cis-gendered, trans, gay, lesbian, or bisexual. *I* am one of the people who DOES NOT fit the gender or sexuality binary, and I find there is not enough recognition of people
Spirit Day: A ConfessionI Used to Hate Gay People
It is not something I am proud of, and certainly not something I generally share with other people. But I think it is important for those who are questioning their opinions on the subject to know that there are some people who are now avid supporters of GLBTQ rights were once some of the harshest critics of the cause.
I grew up in a Christian home. I was taught that being anything other than straight was a sin, one of the worst sins possible in fact. We had an uncle on my mother's side who was completely cut off from the family when it came out that he had AIDS in the early '90s. I do not know if my uncle was actual