In a world where some people can still be very close-minded and bring others down for their differences, the norm is to follow the status quo that is considered “normal” by the majority. Often, people abiding by the assigned status quo are just hiding their true selves under the fear of being rejected by the rest of society… Where love is a crime, hate is the punishment.
The LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gaby, Bi, Trans, Queer, etc.) community has been one of the most suppressed minorities in history. People call it unnatural, abnormal, sinful, or mentally-ill to be part of this community, demonizing someone for something they didn’t choose. Throughout history and in textbooks, well-known people have been part of the community but haven’t gone public about it or have been censored by historians.
According to Advocate Magazine, these are a few historical figures known to be LGBTQ:
1: King Alexander the Great of Macedon
2: Leonardo Da Vinci
4: Oscar Wilde
5: William Shakespeare
6: Julius Ceasar
Even in the “Hamilton” musical, it was implied that Alexander Hamilton had an affair with John Laurens, according to a letter exchange they had.
Sadly, even many of these great historical figures had to remain silent about their love, and despite it being public knowledge, people still refuse to accept it. Gay marriage and adoption is banned in many countries, Trans people are invalidated, and queer is used as a joke by people outside the community.
On January 30th, a group of four students were arrested in Turkey for depicting a rainbow LGBT symbol over an artwork of a sacred Islamic site. The Istanbul Governor’s Office said the artwork was an “ugly attack” that “mocked religious beliefs,” according to BBC. Despite its legality, Turkish society is still very conservative regarding this topic.
Likewise, the Malaysian cabinet minister is driving for a proposal to increase criminal sanctions against LGBT people, according to Human Rights Watch. The same goes for Latin American countries, Caribbean countries, Uganda, Poland, and more. In other countries, despite its legality, it is still looked down-upon by society, generating a hostile community for all the children growing up suppressing their true selves and all those adults getting rejected from jobs, by their family, and society overall.
In conclusion, notwithstanding the progress that has been made towards acceptance and inclusion, government and community actions still show aggression towards LGBT people.