Accepting Ourselves

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Lets start with why I care. I am a closeted member of the LGBTQ+ community and have seen both the good and bad sides of our world. There are millions of others out there that are part of this community, but are not allowed to be themselves due to it being considered illegal in their area. Some places such as Iran and Nigeria even have death penalties in some of their states for not being heterosexual.

Heteronormative societies have forced some to resort to suicide because being themselves in their own country would result in public humiliation and imprisonment for up to 14 years. And sometimes even chemical castration was offered. 

Chemical castration is castration via anaphrodisiac drugs which in this case was used to reduce a persons libido or sexual drive. 

A great example of such a victim would be Alan Turing who  was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist. He played a crucial role in cracking the Enigma code during the second World War and helped save dozens of soldiers. He was prosecuted in 1952 for homosexual acts and accepted chemical castration treatment as an alternative to prison.

We live in a world where we are put down and shamed for not being "normal", for loving someone of the same sex, for supporting those that do. All I wish is for people like me to have more accepting environments so we can stay safe while being ourselves and the only way to do so is to open some eyes.