“This further proves the need for CHANGE.”
As the war for equality ceaselessly rages in the United States, it’s easy to forget that the battle has barely begun in other parts of the world.
Many Americans take our rights and freedoms for granted, which is easy to do in such a large and prosperous country. Though we’re all aware of the many prejudices that exist throughout our nation and among our people, so long as they don’t affect us personally, the headlines and news reports are fairly simple to ignore. As always, life goes on.
They say ignorance is bliss, but our inherently American ignorance can lead to even more disastrous outcomes when faced with alternative lifestyles, social movements, and other cultures both at home and abroad. Like a bull in a china shop, Americans abroad are often a force to be reckoned with. Donning leggings and flip flops, why is it that so many Americans leave the country on holiday only to be surprised, even angered, that our rules and privileges don’t apply elsewhere?
Though the United States still has a long way to go in terms of social equality, human rights, and the basic acceptance of our many and varied minorities, things remain far worse in other nations, as is their right should they choose to remain stuck in the past. This realization, however, can come at a terrifying price, as it did for trans model and internet personality Gigi Gorgeous.
“I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be denied from Dubai.”
“It’s so sad, to be honest, because I knew this kind of discrimination existed […] and this just kind of proves that people like me are not welcome here […] You are not welcome if you are transgender, and that’s just the way it is. And it’s really really sad to me.”