Discrimination, judgement, homophobia, all things an LGBTQ+ individual will have to deal with sometime in their life. Whether it be in school, work, family or even just in day to day life. We can experience discrimination at any point of our life, which isn’t right. But sadly, it happens and majority of the time there is nothing we can do.

But, what if this could change?

 

Do you mean, stand up for ourselves and demand the basic rights that we deserve? I mean it’s an idea… but are we brave enough to stand up and refuse to be discriminated?

Come on, really did you think we would miss this opportunity to show the world that we refuse to be discriminated? In honour of Zero Discrimination Day, we are sharing this post to prove that we refuse to be discriminated due to our sexuality, gender, health (HIV/AIDS) & so on.

I REFUSE

I refuse to be discriminated simply because I don’t deserve to be, nobody does. At the end of the day, we’re all just humans trying to be happy, does it really matter who’s loving who? Nope. In a way, I feel bad for people who see an issue with it, like it must be miserable to live your life hating on things like that. So I’m never going to let anybody’s dumb opinions affect me, cause I’m not doing anything immoral – I’m just a normal person doing normal life things like everybody else.

I REFUSE

I refuse to be discriminated not only as a member of the LGBT community but also as someone with a disability. I’ve been lucky in the fact that no one has discriminated against me for who I love. But, I have been discriminated against many times for having a hearing disability. People have been rude and patronizing, which is hard to deal with but I just get on with it. Life is too short to worry about what other people think. No one should be discriminated for their sexuality, disability, race etc., we are all the same and I’m proud of who I am. I can’t change my hearing loss or my sexuality but I never let anyone put me down. People should be proud of who they are.

I REFUSE

I refuse to be discriminated and judged because I am who I am for a reason, and even if I in myself never discover that reason someone else will. If I can help someone else through being authentically me, I will always be myself!

I REFUSE

Don’t pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. Show them that you’re strong and nothing or nobody can change that. Because in the end, every day is your day if you claim it.

I REFUSE

Once I learnt how to love myself it gave me the strength to not tolerate anything less from anyone else. I am different… but it’s ok .. because different is beautiful! Yes I have imperfections but I love them too.. none of us are perfect. I accept and believe in myself.. beauty shines from the inside out! I will never change.

I REFUSE

For me, transitioning into the person I am is an act of self-love and acceptance. I transitioned because I believe that I deserve to be happy in my own skin while I’m still breathing. I’ve worked so hard to be myself and I will never let anyone tell me differently. I will be the best person I can, not only for others but for myself.

I REFUSE

I refuse discrimination because everyone deserves to be themselves. I refuse categories and labels because I am human and everything I do I think is my choice. I define myself as a bisexual girl because I can feel affection for both sexes. I am as I am and proud of it.

I REFUSE

My opinion is that who I love has no effect on other people, love is love right? However a happy society does affect people and how we treat each other, my sexuality or how I live my life doesn’t affect anyone. But I know a smile can affect someone’s day! So I live by spreading happiness not judgement.

I REFUSE

I refuse to be judged for who I am because I know for sure who I am now and I’m so proud of who I became over the past year. I can’t wait to see the girl that I can spend my life with and no one can tell me different because I am me.

I REFUSE

I refuse to be judged or hated for something I really can’t control. So what, I’m gay? So what, I’m transgender? Go look at someone with a birth defect or a difference in skin colour and tell them that they’re hated for those reasons. It’s stupid. Love one another, treat everyone equally.

I REFUSE

I refuse to be judged because I’m always going to be me. No hateful looks or words are going to change who I am.

I REFUSE

I refuse to be judged because I know that I’m doing all the right things and if nobody comes from the future to stop me then how bad can it really be.

I REFUSE

I spent my whole adult life under the assumption that I was bi. Little did I realise that the reason I didn’t enjoy sex with men is that I’m gay. I came out 2 years ago after my last relationship with my children’s Dad, ended, for different reasons. I was judged on my sexuality, by him. I refused to allow that and I am openly proud of who I am, to the world and especially my children. I want (and need) them to be brought up knowing that difference is what makes our world interesting, acceptance is key and being comfortable with who you are is the only true way to be happy. My children are 6 & 3 and understand that Mama is gay. I don’t hide it from them. Why lie to the most important people in my life? I’d be teaching them that it’s not ok to be yourself. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been and this journey is just beginning

I REFUSE

I refuse to be judged, this is my life not anyone elses. I will live how I intend I want to, if that means i’m with a girl. Who is anyone to judge? Exactly.

WE REFUSE TO BE DISCRIMINATED

We are not ashamed of who we are. This is who we are & god damn are we proud. Let’s stop the discrimination, judgement and homophobia and let’s treating each others as equals. We are all the same, why is it so hard for others to understand that?

In honour of zero discrimination day

Thank you to those who got involved & stood up for their rights. No matter gender, sexuality, religion, race… we are human. 2018 needs to be the year where we realise that our differences don’t create leverage for others to be discriminated.