Ok serious and long post - get your wine:
1986, I was 15. We were shown a video about AIDS and HIV. It focused on the words “AIDS: don’t die of ignorance” being carved onto a tomb stone. It struck fear into the hearts of the British public and as a young gay teen it scared me to death! Two years later the UK government passed Section 28, a law prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality as “normal” within schools. This law gave every bigoted homophobe huge freedoms and made hate crime against the LGBT community much worse.
Right-wing MP Peter Bruinvels said "I do not agree with homosexuality. I think that Clause 28 will help outlaw it and the rest will be done by AIDS, with a substantial number of homosexuals dying of AIDS. I think that's probably the best way." A similar law was passed in Russia in 2013. 🏳️🌈
From the age of 18 I had an AIDS test every three months. I would sit waiting for those results with dread. I was one of the lucky ones. We saw many friends die.
Of the 4,363 people diagnosed with HIV in the UK in 2017, 53% were gay or bisexual men. Advancements in medicine such as PrEP are truly welcome, but are not a replacement for safe sex. 🏳️🌈 It’s World Pride this month, commemorating 50 years since the Stonewall riots in New York that started the LGBT movement. The 6th July is the big celebration. It’s a time for joy and happiness, but it’s also a time to remember and recognise that the fight is not over.
Being gay is illegal in 73 countries, including most of the Caribbean, the Maldives, Tunisia, Malaysia, UAE and many other popular holiday destinations. It is punishable by stoning to death in Brunei, Iran, Saudi Arabia and many other Countries.
So when people ask why I still prefer to go away somewhere that is gay-friendly I’m quite astonished. Just reverse the discrimination for one moment. The whole world is gay and you are the minority. Would you take your family to a country where you could be killed for just being you?
We can only change the world with love and acceptance of all people. #onehumanfamily
. Let’s celebrate that. 🏳️🌈
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