In the past week, perhaps in the wake of the legalisation of gay marriage across the USA, there has been a lot of celebrities taking a stand on LGBTIQ issues.
Cyndi Lauper has launched a new line of shoes with proceeds going towards helping homeless LGBTIQ youth through her True Colours Fund.
Hillary Clinton and Ellen Degeneres have made comment on a picture of a child on the Humans of New York Facebook page that was titled “I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me.” Ellen said: “Not only will people like you, they’ll love you. I just heard of you and I love you already.” While Hillary said, “Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing. You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you – there will be lots of them.”
Caitlyn Jenner, who recently came out as transgender, provides positive and supportive words on her new blog.
And, Ryan Reynolds has spoken about gay marriage in an interview with Huffpost Live.
It’s these stories that help LGBTIQ people across the world feel better about themselves. Which is very, very important when the media is often talking about issues that can make us feel like we are disliked, alone and that no progress is being made. Here in Australia the debate about gay marriage has reached a new peak in the number of media outlets covering the issue – and with politicians and celebrities making absurd, hurtful and even hateful comments we need to keep in mind that the acronym LGBTIQ exists because we are a community of ‘the other’ and we are all here for each other through this commonality.