I have a voice, you have a voice, and that is how it should be. But does everyone have a voice, or is everyone allowed to use their voice?

Marching for those who can’t @ Helsinki Pride 2010

As it is 2018, one would think people were allowed their own voice to be heard, but in many cases it is not so. Just recently, the United States Government decided to leave the United Nations Human Rights Council, as they have decided to use their voice to oppose Israeli occupation and atrocities thus taking a stand for the Palestinians and also because members include countries that have definite problems with human rights, such as China and Congo.

But is everything so clear and simple? Is the US a cradle for voices of difference that they can set themselves one step up from the rest of the world?
Or is the UN Human Rights Council wrong, as accused, by allowing violators of human rights to sit in their table?

Personally, I believe that a step forward is to allow these countries to participate, and hopefully take heed of their actions and thus move forward.

Voice @ Helsinki Pride 2018

This year, the theme of Helsinki Pride week is voice. It is a good theme, as even in 2018 there are those whose voices are not heard, and those who cannot let their voices be heard. Lately, with the influx of refugees to Europe, people have woken up to a situation where LGBTIQ refugees are a reality. They have fled from their own countries, arriving to a place with different culture, but still they are tied to their own culture and norms. They are still living in the shadows, some of them fearing what will happen if they partake in Pride events.

I remember the feeling well. When I was young, I was certain that visiting a gay bar, or attending a Pride event would somehow brand me visibly as a gay person. Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly out & proud at that time. But if it is anything like that that the LGBTIQ refugees are experiencing, it is a powerful emotion preventing them from getting their own voice to be heard.

June, as I wrote earlier on, has been labelled as a Pride Month. You might have seen this in Facebook, where many companies change their profile pictures to include rainbow colours, for instance. And if you go and read the comments, there is bound to be lots of those that greatly dislike the idea of LGBTIQ people still having one month of gay events – it is like shoving the thing down their throats.

But what these people do not understand is that it hasn’t actually been that long that the LGBTIQ-community has been able to do so, publicly. And the minority is still struggling to include all the voices within the community, so there is a definite need for Pride events all around the world.

This week’s blogs

To honor the Pride Month, and Helsinki Pride week, I will post things from LGBTIQ point of view for this week. I see this as something important, as there is a definitive need to get voices heard, even in 2018. Perhaps more now than ever before.

I shall end this post with a quote from my previous blog text, as I realise the need for it, and I hope that you realise the need for it too.

“It is Gay Pride Month now. Do yourself, and someone you love, a big favour, and show your solidarity, acceptance, and love for those who are in minorities. Change that picture frame in Facebook to show your support to LGBTIQ community, watch an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race and talk about it in social media or at work, hug your nephew or niece who are gay and tell them that it is ok and that they can always come to you with their worries. Be a human.”

-The Finn


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