I’m sharing this video because, well, I think it’s really powerful and well-made. It did make me cry, I must say. I have been fortunate enough not to have been a victim of bullying this extreme, I have not been beaten up for being gay, but I have seen it happen, and many of the things in the film ring true for me, and I’m sure do for all gay people in one way or another.
I have heard the words ‘abomination’, ‘disgusting’, in reference to my sexuality. Also my mother’s favourite ‘It’s just a phase’. This is the world that gay people live in today, even in countries supposedly as ‘forward-thinking’ as the U.K.
I have had a hotel receptionist, upon seeing the arrival of my girlfriend and I, say “Are you sure you wouldn’t prefer a twin room instead of a double, we have some available?”
Discrimination is still everywhere, it really is. We put up with being ‘tolerated’ or even ‘accepted’ but there is such a long way to go. And this video, well, it really packs a punch. Well it did for me, anyway.
It is hard work being out and proud. Sometimes you just want to be, well, normal. Whatever that is.
Really, so well thought-out. Well done to Wingspan, the company that made this short film.
[Content warning: scenes of self-harm and violence]