For almost two weeks, my laptop was out of commission. It’s quite an experience to not have my regular access to the internet. To be unable to just type up how I felt about something that happened that day, or read the latest article on feminism or marriage equality.
I’ve always valued how powerful it is for the world to have access to so many things just at the typing of a few keys. What I didn’t realize was how important it is to me to have access to the internet.
The internet was the place I felt accepted. It showed me a world where people like me, members of the LGBT society, could meet and feel accepted. It gave me access to pictures of adorable gay and lesbian couples getting married. It kept me updated on the Human Rights Campaign and their fight for marriage equality. It empowered me to remember that Women can do anything men can, and that I shouldn’t let hateful people tell me being a feminist is wrong. It gave me access to LGBT books and shows.
For me, the internet helped me gain confidence in who I am, and constantly bring encouragement to my computer screen. If I hadn’t had access to the internet, I fear that I would still be afraid of who I am, hiding, or even something worse.
So I am thankful for the internet, and all it has done in my life.
But I am worried for those who do not have this kind of access. Worried about those in the LGBT community that are growing up suppressing themselves because they do not understand what it is like to find people who are like them. People who are understanding and supportive.
Right now our world struggles to have completely supportive communities. And I know from the patterns of history that it is very possible that even if we do achieve marriage equality in a few years un the U.S., that we will not find ourselves in completely accepting communities in the near future.
I don’t know how to help those in the LGBTQ community that do not have the same priviladges that myself and anyone reading this. But I hope to one day find a way. Because life isn’t easy for anyone, and I want to help. I want to help those who do not understand.
So, any ideas?