Not my usual blog because this week I’m angry.
I try I try I try to be positive but bloody hell this week has been a test. 49 people dead in a club over in the States and of course Jo Cox – murdered for having an opinion.
Sensitive to me because I’m gay and I’m also a woman. Did you know I almost entirely stopped using Twitter. Do you know why? Because I’m scared of the repercussions of my strong views about violence against women. Women like me on Twitter are threatened with rape and murder. For having an opinion. Some women like Jo are murdered. In fact 1 woman every 3 days in this country is murdered by someone she knows.
That’s what I’m angry about. Yes angry. This isn’t a one off. This isn’t just because someone has a mental health issue or just because he read the dire Daily Mail. This isn’t just because our politicians breed hatred. It’s because of ALL of that and much more.
I’m a feminist. A dirty word. All it actually means is I want equality. That’s it. I don’t hate men. I love men. In my top three people in the world two of them are men. For being a feminist i’m regarded as a nuisance or bothersome because… well I’d really like women to stop being raped, assaulted and murdered for one.
And being gay on top of that. Well. What’s that like? I can’t go out without a man making a joke about a threesome. We let go holding hands almost automatically when someone walks towards us because we’re not sure if we’ll be abused. I’ve spent my whole life since coming out terrified my children will get a hard time and feel lucky because they haven’t . I’m told to my face that lesbians can be nasty bitches but gay men are funny. I’m also told in what I think is supposed to be positive that gay people are ok.. as long as they don’t kiss in public. In fact just last night I was surprised to hear someone I know upsetting a friend through their homophobic comments. This is the tip of the iceberg.
It’s still the best decision I ever made coming out but it’d be a lie to say it’s easy.
The reason I’m saying this is I’m part of a group of people this week that were murdered for loving someone, for having an opinion, for speaking up. That makes me angry.
People are different. That should be embraced not eradicated.
Jo Cox, I am not just going to remember you today or tomorrow. You have inspired me to have an even greater voice. You’ve inspired me to be even more passionate. You’ve inspired me to work even harder against that hate that killed you. I am not ever going to stand and watch or turn a blind eye or be scared to have an opinion.
Stand up for yourself. Stand up for others.
Help, heal and hope. Not hate.
X x X