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Someone once said:
“If you have to make laws to hurt a group of people just to prove your morals and faith, then you have no true morals or faith to prove.”
I’m not really one to divulge in political or religious conversations, not because I have no faith, beliefs, or opinions but because these two subjects tend to cause an uproar when realistically, everyone is entitled to their own opinions. However, the opinions and beliefs I have, I strongly stand by and will openly become blunt and argumentative if need be. When I was in high school, I wrote a letter to various governors and mayors regarding two things. The first isn’t for today but the second is in support of gay marriage. As a straight student in Tottenville High School, I had a lot of gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual friends. Now this goes back to the entrance into my teenage years so we’re talking ten years ago or so, when people did not feel as comfortable being open with their sexuality. I watched my best friends struggle with their sexuality, I watched them hide it, be mocked for it when they had the courage to come out. I watched my best friends take a razor to their wrists in fear, rejection, insecurity, and confusion – without guidance or support to understand. At the time, Tottenville held “A Day Of Silence,” in which all could participate, and many did, including myself. It is “the single student – led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.” This article says it best; “By taking a vow of silence, you’re making a powerful statement about the important issue of anti-LGBT bullying.”
As time has progressed, society has become more comfortable with coming out and openly engaging in same gendered relationships. There will always be people with their own opinions and I respect that but what I do not respect nor agree with is bullying, marriage inequality, or discrimination. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “our lives begin to and the day we become silent about the things that matter,” and to discriminate against same gendered relationships and marriage is absolutely barbaric. The main protest from opposers is how it goes against the traditional definition of marriage but if we look at that traditional definition- we have migrated from women being property and arranged marriages, to interracial marriages, to LGBT marriages. People and relationships have evolved since ancient times and to stand against people who are doing nothing but trying to embrace love is just as wrong as it was when the world denied interracial marriage. All the LGBT community request is respect and acknowledgment for the same love a man and woman engage in and to deny them to marry is to deny two humans the same rights granted to everyone else because of their gender. There is a writer existent in this world who in his article states that same sex marriage is a “[threat] to religious liberty when churches and religious institutions are challenged not to discriminate against gays.” This has to be the most disgusting thing I have ever read and for it to be in connection with religious leaders is much worse because the church should not discriminate. The gay community may change the world as it changes gender roles within relationships and opens society’s minds and hearts to a love that may be different but is nonetheless true but it does not force its acceptance upon anyone – it simply exists regardless of judgments and opinions. However, protestors enforce their opinions on everyone else by demobilizing the progression of the legalization of gay marriage. That is the difference.
A person would not want to be judged or discriminated against for their gender, nationality, clothing, job, religion, whom they choose to marry, hell, a person wouldn’t want to be discriminated against for their mistakes and actions that actually hurt people so do not dare discriminate against two people simply engaging in love, do not bully them, do not judge them, do not be hurtful, and do not dare stand in the way of people practicing love and being happy – the same beautiful right no one stood in your way to have – despite the physical appearance, personality, or person your partner is.
“Dalmatians are born with spots, they don’t earn them.” you want to be something great in this world? then do something great, work hard for it, and give it your best shot. earn it; it’ll mean more.
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April is National Poetry Month. Ever since I had the amazing privilege of taking Professor Smith’s poetry course and she had us challenge ourselves, explore the world and our minds, and make an effort to be apart of something that would inspire our work, as well as cause us to grow as artists – I have taken part in this. She had our class post a poem a day for the month of April. It’s difficult to find the time, right? What do you write about? That’s the beauty of it. There’s no boundaries. Travel into the depths of your imagination. Uncover your darkest fears, your deepest desires. Take a part the outside world, literally. Make time for it. If you are a writer, a poet – if this is something you pursue as I pursue it, then I encourage you to try and post a poem a day on your blog for the month of April. We also would critique each other’s poems and analyze them and help make them better – offer suggestions, never putting down the writer or demanding a change. Writing is unique to its author – everyone has a different style, something about their writing that makes it theirs but an outside perspective is always nice – especially when the truth is covered by symbolism and metaphors and readers are attempting to figure out its content. You’re more than welcome to critique my stuff and let me know if you’re doing it and I will pay the same respect 🙂 just try… at the end of April, you will have works that you might consider publishing or you will just find a growth in your writing and in yourself.
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i’m on the road of change; the twisted turns of new beginnings, the uproar of controversy, the raceway to everything imaginable and impossible. i’m an artist. a writer. a romantic. an adventure seeker. a risk taker. a lover. a baker. a photographer. a racer. a bartender. an advice giver. a daughter. a friend. a sister. an aunt. i’m a lot of intricate and complex puzzle pieces striving to impact the world through the written word. books will never be extinct as long as i am alive. it is an amazingly powerful thing to know why you were born; to know your purpose – to have dreams and passions, and courageously and fearfully pursue each and every one of them but at the end of the day, always bring it back to that one thing you know you were meant to do. i want to move people, shock people, touch people.. with my words, and i’m going to do just that. i’ve always been told it’s not logical how i live my life. my dreams aren’t logical. my beliefs are not realistic. i am not doing what “i’m supposed to do.” but i am doing what i believe is right. this is my life and i am going to live it my way. judgment, criticism, disappointment. i can take it. i can’t take living a life for somebody else, living it the way they want me to. i work hard, no matter what the job is. i take things very seriously, sometimes too serious – work and relationships alike. because my heart knows the value of the things i pursue and you can tell me i’m wrong and i’m not on the “right road,” and maybe it’s not acceptable to you but it’s my road, and it’s my journey.. so you can embrace and accept who i am and how i live my life or you can respectfully get out of my way. because nothing you say can stop me. i don’t give up. once my heart and my time is invested, my entire being is invested and that’s who i am.
my focus in writing is quotes, poetry, and fiction (mostly action, romance, and supernatural). “words left unspoken” was my first book published through Janson Media in 2010. i have this ability, if you will, the purely empathetic ability to place myself in someone’s shoes and vividly imagine their battles, feel their pain. i wrote the majority of this poetry throughout my high school years and the book was meant to reveal the untold scars and battles of everyday life. it reflects a darker, deeper, and more intense aspect of life.
my writing has drastically transformed since this book was published. i am not the same person i was four years ago. i have been touched and moved by experiences and people in such a way that my entire art has transformed and it’s about that time to show the world how i’ve grown.
you can judge me. you can challenge me. you can talk about me. you can fight me. you can try me. you can dislike me. you can try to tear me down. but you will not disrespect me. you can dictate. you can swing where i feel it. you may hurt me. but you will not lie to me. you can try to make me feel insecure. you can hate me. you can think what you want about me. but you can’t lie about me. you can instigate. you can put me down. you can disagree. you can point. you can stare. you may hurt me but you won’t break me.