Feb 01, 2013 3:06 AM GMT
I live in a not so liberal portion of North Carolina, and in Psychology today the topic on sexual orientation came up in a lecture on motivation. Like any closeted LGBT student, this topic is touchy and really pushes one out of their comfort zone. Our teacher comes from a very rural and backwoods portion of the state, and when the topic came up instead of what I thought would be a quick synopsis of the topic turned into her defending our rights, saying this was predetermined rather than a choice and emphatically described why we should have the right to love, in response to a very close-minded student who let the f* word slip that makes every closeted individual cringe. As much shock as I was in because of how passionately she defended us, when she played the video clip I'm sharing a link to, that deals with LGBT love, she told everyone that if it made them uncomfortable they had the right to leave the classroom. To my surprise, no one shifted at all. The video honestly almost had me in tears, and hearing my teacher's powerful opinion in defense, as well as seeing and hearing my classmates positive opinions, it gave me hope for the future. Because even though I live in a state where the right to love has already come into question and has been denied when Amendment 1 was passed last year, our generation is giving new rise to minds that are open, willing, and supportive, and it really is showing me that things are getting better. After school, I decided to write a short message to her and leave it on her desk when she was out of the room, thanking her for defending those who have yet to have a voice. This video has a great message, and has definitely stuck with me all day...enjoy...