Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Bright Future Is Out There

In the last couple of months, since I got into the world of blogging, I started to understand that people also changed, and I'm not talking about people my age,or older than me, but I'm talking about the youth, the kids, the teenagers. I'm referring especially to the young gay kids in the world, girls, boys, makes no difference.

I can't be sure that it's not just me starting to be more aware of things, reading more stuff online and getting to know new and different things, but I really have a feeling that something is changing.

It can be a small thing, such as blogs of kids who open up to the world, and tell their story, I'm even referring in local terms. For me, Mikey the hockey kids blog (, and now Jon the track and field guy( represent something, they represent a different generation that perhaps starts to be a growing power in the world.

That even though the world we live in is still homophobic and prejudice, people aren't afraid to share the story they have with others. I know the examples I gave are of kids who haven't come out yet, but I'm sure that the millions of blogs out there and some that I read, do speak about kids that also took another step and are out to the world.

I most say that I can't and don't want to judge, everyone does what he thinks is right and makes him feel better, whether it's writing a blog about being gay, not telling anyone about it or just shouting it from the roof tops.

I just feel that things aren't the same they used to be when just some years back, I see young kids demonstrate, fight for their wishes and desires, build and start groups for LGBT youth and basically just say that we are here and we have a right to speak our mind even though we aren't 18.

I honestly can't say I ever attended a gay parade or pride weekend, but I do read up and see that there are special activities and special things being done for the younger once in the community and that's always great to hear. For that matter for me each one of us belongs to the community, it's not something we chose, but something that choose us.

Being a part of the community doesn't mean going out and taking part in any activity, leaving our house and telling people we are gay, but it just means that we share a mutual thing, something that characterizes a part of us, whether we are men, women, if we are feminine, manly, outgoing or not, we are each different, but with one common thing.

Unfortunately I'm still aware and sure that there are groups and organizations that have a goal and that's to fight against the "gay movement" in a matter of speaking. I think that dip down all of us just want to be looked at as everyone else, with no one caring what is our sexual preference.

Sadly enough the USA which is supposed to be a country of freedom and diversity, where each one can live his life the way he chooses, is still very old fashioned, very religious and conservative. Of course there is always the big cities that allow any community to live among them, whether it's New York , Los Angels, San Francisco and a couple of more cities and there for the most part everyone can feel at home and not different then anyone else.

I know my words come out as very black and white, and I know that our world has a lot of gray in it,and maybe some things I say are very generalizing, but again, that's the way I feel. The way I see the internet and all the possibilities it bring all the youngsters today, and all of us know what meaning it has, for them to know that they aren't alone, that they can find someone to tell their life story to, whether he is 100 miles away or 1000 miles away is just so important and so unique.

It's something that I have gotten to learn lately and I think it's progressing every day and every month and bringing more and more places for youngsters to be influenced and to influence others. I believe we all know that gay teenagers tend to try and commit suicide more than straight teenagers. In a sense that maybe they feel different, or scared to tell their family or scared of being rejected by their family, can leave them feeling alone in the world or just not feeling loved.

With those thoughts I also believe that the internet and the possibilities that it gives those young kids a chance to reach out and see that they are not alone and that there are a lot of other gay teenagers around makes the world of difference and can really save life's.

What I'm trying to say is that I always feel good when a youngster comments about my blog and other blogs saying they feel good hearing about other athletes and other gay men out there. However I can really say that I feel pride and proud when I read the blogs they write and the courage they have to tell their story and along the way help a lot of others kids, the same kids that later on start to build there own live, to stand up for what they want and believe in, and just speak up so everyone can hear.

the song I picked this time needs no explanation, so I will just sign off with the lyrics

Some are like water, some are like the heat
Some are a melody and some are the beat
Sooner or later they all will be gone
Why don't they stay young
It's so hard to get old without a cause
I don't want to perish like a fading horse
Youth is like diamonds in the sun
And diamonds are forever
So many adventures couldn't happen today
So many songs we forgot to play
So many dreams are swinging out of the blue
We let them come true

Forever young, i want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever, forever forever
Forever young, i want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever forever forever
Forever young, i want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever, forever forever
Forever young, i want to be forever "

1 comment:

  1. It's even more amazing and impressive for those of us who are older. The young gays and lesbians are bringing their peers along with them into a future with less intolerance. We see it in the votes in Maine and California, where the young are on the side of tolerance. It gives me hope for the future.