Would people still be posting about the ESPY award and how atrocious one nominee winning over another is if Caitlyn Jenner wasn’t one of them? No.
Once again, in the transphobic/homophobic/HUMANphobic world we live in, society is taking every chance it can to dehumanize and ridicule the achievements of not only Caitlyn, but also the courageous acts of people like Noah Galloway and Lauren Hill, both incredible people in their own right. Instead of celebrating all the hardships these people have faced and recognizing the beauty in what it means to overcome as a person, society takes this poignant learning example and misconstrues it to place BLAME and GUILT undeservingly.
For all those who think Noah or Lauren or your mom or ANYONE else in the world should have received the ESPY award, then by all means be proud of that and advocate for those people and share their story for the world. These people are incredible, we are all incredible. We are all courageous in our own right.
But no one should have to be cut down and ridiculed and made out to be a victim of hate and prejudice simply because an award went to one person over another. This post has nothing to do with an award. Awards mean nothing.
Just because Caitlyn won an award does not mean the transgender community thinks people like Noah and Lauren are less deserving or courageous then Caitlyn. Where is the logic in something like that? And you, with your Facebook accounts and your ability to share articles and your twitter handles that retweet endless headlines fail to see past that truth that when you begin to tear down a person for any reason no matter how rich, poor, privileged, ethnic, or different they are from you, you are stripping them of their right to exist as a free person.
Why is it so hard for people to love in this world? Why are we so quick to hate and categorize and put down when we should be grateful to just exist in this crazy, diverse world? Why is it impossible for people to coexist without passing judgement in every moment? When will the world learn that we are all people of the same energy desperately trying to understand ourselves and our existence?
It’s so much easier then everyone makes it out to be. I just hope that maybe one day you can see the world and its people for what it is. A place made up of billions of beautiful souls that are all endlessly different from you and I but all share the same right to exist freely and peacefully.
Stand for peace not hate.