People of this earth, Iíd like to thank you for giving me a chance by listening to this speech. If you noticed how I didnít start out with the classic ďladies and gentlemanĒ introduction then you should know I have my reasons for doing so. My first reason is that I donít believe that phrase works anymore, there are too many new categories for that to be sufficient. My second reason? Well... itís because Iím just weird like that!! (pause for laughter) Today, there are so many new categories of peopleÖ if you can give me a second, Iíd like to list them all. Okay, here they are: Cisgender, Transgender, Transsexual, Male to Female (MtF), Female to Male (FtM), Binary, Non-Binary, Genderfluid, Agender, Bigender, Polygender, Neutrois, Gender Apathetic, Androgyne, Intergender, Demigender, Greygender, Aporagender, Maverique, Novigender, Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, and, of course, there are those that choose not to identify as anything. Now, I know I probably just spent a while listing names and a couple of you are wondering, ď whatís her point?Ē My point is that the world as we know it is still changing and will continue to change for a while to come. Instead of shunning change, the time has come for us to embrace it! Now, if any of you are thinking Iím almost done, youíre wrong! Iím just getting started!
For a long time, Iíve known I was much more different than my fellow peers. Iíve always been more ready to accept people as they were. Someone once told me I had a knack for finding the light in someone when all anyone else could see was the dark, but that wasnít it. I chose to ignore the dark, in order to bring out their lightÖ and you know what? It worked every time. Little by little, they would behave differently around meÖ even in front of their friends. I earned their trust by accepting their differences and, in turn, they accepted mine. This is how we need to go about life! We need to stop trying to stop people from changing and instead accept that they are changing in order to be able to accept it! As the great Charles Darwin once said, ď It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.Ē
Now gender acceptance isnít the only topic I want to talk about. I want to talk about sexuality acceptance as this is also a very controversial topic. I could list all the different sexualities but that would take too long, instead, Iím just going to motor on. All over the world, you hear horror stories of people being beaten to death because of their sexualities. I just donít get it! There is nothing wrong with being who you are!! Difference is a wonderful thing that we need to embrace with open arms!! "Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."--(Harvey Fierstein) This is a wonderful quote, is it not?! You are not a victim unless you allow yourself to be made into one. Every time you get called a name, every time someone hurts you... all you need to remember is that the only power anyone else has over you is the power you give them! If they want to call you sick, or twisted, or evenÖ an abominationÖ just rememberÖthe only abominations are the people who hurt others for no reason. Not the people who love another differently! Being queer in my eyes is absolutely an amazing thing to be!!! To be perfectly honest... "The only queer people are those who don't love anybody."--(Rita Mae Brown) you know what? Iíve never heard a truer statement. Even asexual people can feel love, just not of the sexual kind! You see, there is nothing wrong with being bi, gay, trans, les, or even nothing at all. All that matters is what kind of person you are on the inside. You can love anyone you want to, or donít want to, as long as you continue to be the best person you can be, regardless.
Need an example? Well, here. Letís say I have a friend. He just so happens to be bisexual. (Iím not gonna mention names for privacy purposes) before he came out, he had a lot of friends and was well-liked at school. However, as soon as he came out, people started dissing him and ditching him left and right. How genuinely messed up is that?! He was well-liked and had a lot of friends when he liked only girlsÖ but as soon as he said,Ē oh, I think I like guys too.Ē, people were like,Ē see ya!Ē.
he didn't even do anything wrong! his only crime was being himself.. how sad is that?
Over and over again I hear the same old horror stories. Honestly, Iím way past the crying point. Now Iím just mad. Mad that people would treat someone differently because of who they love. Mad that people are being KILLED because of who they love. Mad that there are these ignorant imbeciles, who think itís okay to bash someone because of who they love! Who do they think they are, really? Donít they realize that they arenít perfect either? If they were gods maybe I would understandÖ wait, I take that back, I donít care if they were gods, they still shouldnít act the way that they do! People are people and that is that!
I'm all agitated now, so I'm just going to end my speech with a promise:I will not stop, I will not rest, I wonít even take a breather, until the day that these people are treated with the kindness and respect they deserve! Thank you.