No Fats, No Fems, No Asians
Before I came out I had a fantasy of what the LGBTQ+ community would be like. They were 100% for equality, that we love and support one another, that our differences are celebrated not discriminated against. Oh boy how wrong was I. Unfortunately coming out and joining the LGBTQ+ community came with it's own set standards & prejudices.
Like most people when you come out you want to know what else is out there, who else is out there. It's almost a ritual to download grindr and look at who is in the area and dip your toe into the LGBTQ+ lake. This is when it hits you. This is when you realise that the community that fights for equality for all, discriminate one another within their own community based on race & size. I mean what? What have we been fighting for so many years? It's like horay you've finally come out and are accepted by the people around you but not accepted by the community you've been yearning to join. Like I said what?
Your be bombarded with captions that read no fats, no fems, no asians, no poc but as soon as you question these people they will instantly say "Oh I'm not racist, it's just my preference". I'm sorry but I don't know which dictionary you're reading the definition of racism from but your a racist.
It's blows my mind that in a community that fights for equality for LGBTQ+ people we can't even support one another. POC are definitely the most marginalised within our community. They're often ignored and intentionally excluded and expected to be ok with this blatant racism. IT IS NOT OK.
We say we're inclusive, we celebrate it but it's time we don't just say it, it's time we act. Why not instead of breaking each other down we build each other up? Why don't we practise what we preach and actually demonstrate real equality for EVERYONE, not just the majoirty.
The first step on this path was the unveiling of the new pride flag. Containing brown and black to represent all POC within the LGBTQ+ community. The flag is something we rally around, draw strenght from, it unites us. Now it unites all of us.