About 80% of my Facebook friends are currently sporting a rainbow stained profile picture in support of equal marriage rights. That 80% are a mixture of both gay and straight people, some married, some single, some over 30, some under. People from all different walks of life, but share one thing in common – they all believe in the right to live equally. As I scrolled through my feed over the weekend, colour is basically all I saw, and it was so beautiful to see the amount of support floating around. I know some of you may disagree, but the US taking the step and breaking down barriers is a huge leap for human rights. Not just gay rights, human rights. Because at the end of the day we are all the same. I’m certainly no expert when it comes to politics and religion but I know love, and as I said on my personal Facebook page this week if I ever want to start planning a wedding it is already going to be an emotional time without the government being involved. I just want to go along, live my life, loving who I want to love. How is my personal life actually affecting anyone else to the point of no return? I love Australia, but we really are a little bit backwards when it comes to the basic principle of equality. I couldn’t help falling in love with E, just like Tony Abbott couldn’t help falling in love with his wife. I’m so happy for the US. When will we be able to feel that proud of our country?
But with the good comes the not so good, and I actually found myself deleting a blog subscription after an opinion post regarding marriage equality popped up online. For and against posts have been all over the internet this week but this particular one did not resonate well with me. I’m not going to name and shame anyone because I actually did enjoy the other content on this specific blog, but when I read that said blogger was “praying for my sins”, I wasn’t impressed. I don’t need your prayer, I’m quite happy with my life thank you very much. Perhaps you can dedicate said prayer to a “minority” as you say who needs it more than me and my friends. Perhaps the poor need your prayer. Or the terminally ill. But not the gays, they’ve got enough glitter on their side to keep them sparkling. I’m not much of a rainbow flag wielding lass, but I don’t appreciate unnecessary and hurtful comments online. People should be more wary when they decide to go on a rant, especially when the topic can be considered quite sensitive for some. I know that is what a blog is for, but sometimes you need to think of the consequences, because once you post something online it is there to stay. So that is why I made the decision to unfollow said blogger. It’s nothing again your usual stuff and I’m sure you’re a good person, I just don’t need to wake up to those kinds of blatant stabs in face for something I can’t control, and you cannot either. I’ll take my rainbow profile picture and avoid thanks!
And with that I want to leave you with a beautiful quote by the brilliant Carly Findlay of Tune Into Radio Carly…
Did you change your profile picture to a rainbow over the weekend? Why or why not?
*This post wasn’t written to offend or hurt anyone, I just felt like I had to comment for once in my life, haha.