Voices Of Canadian Youth

Should You Fight Discrimination?

By on July 19, 2018

The short answer is “Yes” but not only you. Everyone should care about discrimination. First and foremost, discrimination happens anywhere at any moment to anyone. However, if you are aware of what discrimination is, you can be the superhero that you always wanted to be. You can impact a person’s life and teach them how to fight for themselves and stand up for their own rights. Furthermore, being aware of what discrimination is would help you become an open-minded person who is willing to acknowledge different perspectives and respect new ideas. A lot of people tend to forget the other side of the door therefore they are more prone to failure to meet their own expectations. Last but not the least, fighting for discrimination means uniting the people and compromising their beliefs. Harmonizing and meeting each other halfway would help in resolving our problems more effectively rather than just choosing one side. Therefore, fighting discrimination would mean respecting each others’ opinions that would eventually lead to peace, unity and love.

Having Homophobic Parents

I knew for a very long period of time that my parents are both homophobes, so I was afraid to tell them that I am not straight. Most of the times, they would generalize and discriminate against the LGBTQ community. There are also significant conversations when they are trying to brainwash me that being LGBTQ is a sin. Sometimes, I would just ignore that kind of comments because I got used to hearing them say that kind of things.

However, there was one significant moment in my life that helped me come out to my family and stand up for my true identity. My family and I were watching this particular TV show about the life story of a successful gay, my Dad suddenly ranted about how he thinks gay people are disgusting. At first, I was just listening to it because he was my father and I am obliged to respect him. I tried to pick up some courage because I was afraid that I was doing the wrong thing. But he kept adding fuel to the fire, so I disagreed with him. I told him that they are still human and they should still be respected even though they have a different sexual preference. One of the sad things was that my other family members chose his side. Because of the opinions, and stories that my parents tell us, they had turned my innocent siblings into homophobes too just like them. Weeks passed by and I chose not to talk to him because of how much I was disgusted by him and his opinions. One time, he told me that he was sorry for the words that he said. But, I did not apologize for the words I said because I still believe that he deserves those words.

Right from the start that I realized that I’m not straight, I gave them subtle clues to find out. I was never really happy with the fact that I kept hiding my true self. I felt like a criminal because I thought that I was doing something wrong. I wanted to stop lying to my parents and myself so I was preparing myself to get my parents disappointed. When I told him that I am bisexual, he was responding by indirectly saying that I am still young and confused about my identity. To be honest, I was expecting for a more straightforward response to what I said. After saying those words, I felt acceptance and happiness. I was able to finally say the words I wanted to say to my parents and I was able to face my fears when I uttered those words.

Anonymous, Toronto, ON

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