Hey y’all! I am so sorry this post is a bit delayed. I have been at training for my new job now for a week, and let me tell you, it has been a LONG week.
A week full of speakers and instruction. But out of all the days, yesterday was possibly the longest. A speaker came in to talk about GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender) and the responsibility I have to that community.
I just sat there praying that the presentation would be about how we don’t have the right to discriminate against them because of their sexual orientation. And while that was talked about quite a bit, it became clear early on, and was brought up often, that I was expected to be an ally (advocated) for the GLBT community. If any of you have not heard the term “ally” referred to GLBT, in short, I am expected to put aside my morals/ethics and be a spokesperson for gay rights.
Let me tell you that I do not think it is my place to judge anyone, and I try hard to maintain a non-judgemental attitude. I don’t treat people differently because they are gay. I do not feel weird around them. They are human beings just like me. I treat them with respect. But I do not find their lifestyle morally acceptable, and I can not, with a free conscience, stand there an advocated for same-sex marriage and gay rights.
Not only did the rest of my co-workers and I sit there listening to the woman speak about gay rights and the laws that are not in place to protect their rights, but at the end we were expected to act in a short skit. The skits were real situations about mistreatment of GLBT members. In one way, I understand why she did the skits: to help us understand that this discrimination is real and that people are getting harassed and mistreated. In the other sense, it was extremely uncomfortable.
During the entire three-hour presentation, I felt like the only person in the room who has sticking to my beliefs. If someone was closed off in the beginning and sticking to what they believed in, they had given into believing that homosexuality was ok in the end.
As a conservative college student in a liberal college world, these sorts of situations happen often. But it never ceases to amaze me how many people are so easily swayed by a single presentation.
My challenge to you other college kids is this: Stay open-minded. Listen to what people are saying. Don’t sit there and judge them. But don’t back down on what you believe is right. Don’t sacrifice your morals and values. Treat everyone with respect. But expect them to respect you in return. Be who you are. Don’t let anyone tell you that your conservative views are wrong or faulty. And trust in God in everything that you do.
Have a great day!