Love is Love

-Autumn Mathes

Alright, here it goes: my name is Autumn and I’m bisexual.
Although that felt good to say I was expecting something different; many explain this moment as feeling like an elephantine weight has been lifted off your shoulders, and I really don’t feel that way. I guess I just don’t feel like coming out should be a huge federal case, no one comes out as heterosexual. But the fact that I can have that opinion is thanks to my family. Throughout my life, I have learned that just because someone is different than I am does not make them any less human.

So when I decided to tell a couple of friends of mine this realization of mine I said it like I had known it my whole life, and they took it with much acceptance. It pains me to see that there are so many people out there who are terrified to come out to their friends and families due to the possible repercussions. I’ve read heartbreaking stories about people who have been disowned because of their natural way of life. I’m going to say this loudly for the people in the back because some aren’t quite understanding: sexual orientation is not something that an individual can control nor is it something that they should feel like they need to control. Judging someone based on this fact is intrinsically immoral. Why should it be any of their business how people of the LGBTQIA+ community live their lives? Is our way of life so threatening that some feel the need to go out of their way make unwanted comments on social media, attend huge protests, and even kill or badly injure people who are peacefully going about their day? What does that say about them?

Some religious people love to pull out the Bible and recite all the verses that mention homosexuality but then turn around and boast about how loving and accepting they are of people from all walks of life because that’s what Jesus wants. I was raised Catholic and remember at a young age wondering why the priest was saying that God loves everyone but the homosexuals – even going as far as bringing forth death and violence against the city of Sodom – and realized that he was up there completely contradicting himself. I can’t help but laugh when some make the homosexuality-is-a-sin argument because I think of how many sins they have committed just that day! If you’re going to be loving and accepting of everyone, then do it. It’s hypocritical to be this way towards everyone except people with a different sexual orientation and I know that you are highly aware of that. I’m not the first person to say this and I’m most certainly not going to be the last: we all need to come together and love each other despite our differences, life is way too short to have all of that hate inside. And to my fellow members of the LGBTQIA+ community, know that you are loved and nothing at all is wrong with you. It’s your right to love who you want to, love is love.

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