We are longing for social justice and equal status among our fellow men and women. We are longing for respect as human beings. We are longing for equal place in society. We are longing for safe spaces without fear or threat of violence, persecution, bigotry, or humiliation. We are longing for inner peace and a sense of wholeness within ourselves. We are longing for a relationship with God or that Creator or that unnamable ultimate force that is greater than all of us. We are longing for a place in this world and a purpose that is meaningful and enriching as well as fulfilling.
Without respect and justice and acknowledgment from our fellow men and women, we feel broken. We feel disconnected and unwelcome in this world. If our identities are not affirmed, we feel empty, ashamed, lost, alone, and broken. We cannot reflect God’s love if God’s creations are not respected and loved. Are we not God’s creations too? Can we not be appreciated for who we are and what we can offer this world for the glory of God?
There must be a response to injustice and inequalities we see in the world. There must be a response to the hatred and violence we experience as members of the LGBT community. There must be a response to the efforts to erase us and silence us. There must be a response to the oppression and discrimination. We must respond to hate with love. Respond to fear with courage. Respond to apathy with action. Respond to ignorance with knowledge. Respond to censorship with raised voices and visibility.
When we can make progress, we can hope. When we can reach a destination where all people are treated equally and are equally loved and accepted, then we can hope for a brighter future. When we can move beyond just dreaming about what we need and start to act and gain those needs, then we can hope.