Posted By: Matt Hollidaye
*** DISCLAIMER ***:
This is not a rant about music. Sometimes there are issues that are bigger than music (ironic, because the name of this blog is #PressPlay which deals with all things music, and all of my blog entries are concerning music-related pop culture issues) that have to be covered because, not only do I have the platform to do it, but because we need to raise awareness to the social side of issues that’s going on.
That being said, this is not a rant concerning gender and/or racial equality. We get enough of that already with #BlackLivesMatter, the Presidential race, and other issues surrounding the world. And truth be told, no one like to hear about people dying or anything like that, which is why news viewership is declining (but still hold a respectable following because it’s better to be informed than to be out in the wild wondering what the hell is going on).
This blog, at least this entry, is more or less about a topic that I try to avoid having conversations about, but have to be discussed because if it isn’t, then that makes me look like a fool.
I would like to ask the straight community a question;
Are you THAT INTIMIDATED by the LGBTQ community?
No. Seriously. I need to know.
Never in a million years would I imagine that a transgender woman strikes fear into your heart so tough, to the point where you (and five others) decide to handle that fear by jumping someone for being WHO THEY ARE, but here we are, a week after Courtney Purvis (a transgender woman) was attacked by six women at a bar because SHE WAS TRANSGENDER (yep. That’s literally the only reason; she’s transgender), having this conversation because this, considering the fact that 24 other transgender women were killed (a large majority of them in the Metro Detroit area, all committed by men who identified as straight) in the previous year, baffles me to the point of insanity.
My first blog post was concerning unity through music, but sometimes we gotta have unity BEFORE THE MUSIC, because there are issues that are beyond the latest DJ Khaled album.
And truth be told, it’s an issue that can’t be ignored anymore:
I’m not suggesting anyone to do this because we all have our own ideas and opinions on how to handle things, but may I propose this idea; instead of hating someone because they don’t do the same thing you do (in this case, because they identify as a different gender than what you think they should be), how about EMBRACE THEM. You don’t know where they come from or what they have been through, but beating them, killing them, calling everyone faggots, insulting them, bullying doesn’t solve a damn thing (never will). It’s like MLK said “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that” (I may be paraphrasing here but you get the idea); I do realize that there are straight people like myself that is deeply active in the LGBT community (in fact, I had done various charity work with certain organizations specifically involving the LGBT community, and I also have a strong connection wth various nightclubs in “the scene” as well as various people), but we can’t be the only ones out here. We can’t be the only ones that support no matter what the circumstances may be, because it’s an uphill battle that we might never win when the soldiers involved in this are slim.
What I’m asking for is more outreach. Instead of fighting, use love. Instead of bashing, have a conversation. Instead of making people feel like the life they live is just BAD because it’s not your lifestyle, show support because it goes a long way toward reaching this equality that everyone preaches but can’t seem to come to a conclusion to. Because 24 deaths is enough. Courtney Purvis being attacked for no reason is enough. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Somethings gotta give. Now would be a great time to do so…