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A photo of Pope Francis.

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Pope Francis, despite a reputation as being the “cool” Pope for the Roman Catholic Church, has always been more accepting of the LGBT community in theory than in practice. Even as he’s preached increased tolerance, he’s done so in a “hate the sin, not the sinner” way that is not truly accepting. And recently, he’s been extending that to the transgender populace as well.

He’s claimed that transgender people are waging a “world war against marriage” without providing any particular reasons why, and believes that teaching any kind of gender theory in schools is a form of indoctrination. Specifically, he called it “ideological colonization.” Which is particularly rich, coming from the head of the Catholic Church.

His “coolness” with LGBT people begins and ends with his stance that clergy should not refuse to minister to queer people. It’s hard to see that as acceptance, coming hand-in-hand with his belief that any discussion of gender identity is telling children they can “choose” their gender, which he called terrible.

In practice, that puts LGBT churchgoers right alongside murderers and habitual criminalssinners forever, but still attended to by the church.

After the shootings at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Pope Francis was one of the voices that joined an international song of support for the queer community. At the time, he said that gays were owed an apology by Christians for the long history between the two groups. No one could disagree with him. But his recent comments seem to illustrate that he does not quite understand just what the Church needs to apologize for.

Also demonstrated is how important it is for the dialogue between LGBT leaders and the Church, or all churches really, needs to make certain to feature transgender people, their needs, and their history. All too often, they’re left out of the discussion to avoid “complicating” it, and this needs to end.

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On March 10th, Honey Maid, the makers of crackers and cookie nibbles, ran a clip promoting ‘wholesome’, featuring inter-racial and homosexual couples enjoying their snacks. The 30 second spot already has over 4 million hits on YouTube and over 1,000 comments, ranging from support to those condemning the ad as ‘promoting sin’.

The social group One Million Moms have already attacked the ad, stating, “Nabisco should be ashamed of themselves for their latest Honey Maid and Teddy Graham cracker commercial where they attempt to normalize sin,” they wrote on their website. “This commercial not only promotes homosexuality, but then calls the scene in the advertisement wholesome.”

Today, Honey Maid posted a new video, even longer at 1 minute and 44 seconds, acknowledging the haters and essentially saying: It’s okay, we still support what we believe.

Still promoting ‘wholesome’ acceptance, the company enlisted the help of artists who took the comments of hate, found on YouTube, Twitter, blogs and Nabisco’s website, and created an art piece promoting love and support.

The company shows how 9 in every 10 responses were positive, and that encouragement and love out number and conquer the haters and trolls. This is an awesome new trend growing with companies, who don’t back down from negative responses and keep believing in acceptance. Love will always win.

You can watch the clip below:

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet made sure her son knew he was loved the same, whether he was gay or straight.
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Do you think your child might be gay, but you’re straight?  First of all, consider the fact that you may be wrong.  Stereotypes about what gay people are like could be clouding your vision.  Just because your three-year-old son likes wearing makeup, that does not make him gay.  Lots of little boys love glitter and colorful things like makeup.  It’s like face paint to them.

Now, let’s say you’re right.  Maybe your son or daughter does end up being gay.  Examine your own feelings on the matter before you ask.  Consider what you will say if the answer is yes.  Hopefully you’re an open-minded person who will take it in stride.  If it helps, you can even write out some notes so you can easily remember what you wanted to say.

A good example is actress Kate Winslet. Recently she said, “I like being in the city. I like the diversity that my children are exposed to every day. I love the way their brains work. Joe (her 7-year-old son) turns to me the other day and says ‘One day I will have a girlfriend.  But I might have a boyfriend.  If am gay.”

In her infinite wisdom, she simply said, “You might have a girlfriend or a boyfriend, darling.”  When he asked which she would prefer, she said, “My love, that would be entirely up to you, and it doesn’t make any difference to me.”

Further, she said the best thing is that he knows it’s okay either way and that he will not be judged.  She said, “Talk about the best education.”

Yet, life is complicated.  So, your first step should just be to acknowledge that your child may be gay.  It’s okay.  They are still your kid, and you love them no matter what.  Trying to hide from the fact only makes things worse.

Next steps could include attending LGBT events like Pride, finding books like “Tango Makes Three,” and talking to your child about how they feel.

Bottom line: Some people and kids are gay.  Some are not.  Your child will be yours for life.  Think of this as a teachable moment.  Or, if you can’t find the words, go ahead and quote Kate.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis is becoming known as a “pope of the people.”
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The Catholic Church is a 2,000 year old institution that is not known for change.  They still forbid women to become priests.  They don’t allow birth control, and they oppose gay marriage.  So, Pope Francis’ recent statements came as somewhat of a surprise.

He said, “If someone is gay, and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

It was a simple statement, but it got people’s attention, leading many to believe this pope is more accepting of gays than any in the past.

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