This month has been awash with rainbows as we’ve all come together to celebrate Pride Month. Seeing happy faces, outpourings of love, the faces of people who’ve fought for their acceptance and equality, is always inspiring and so up lifting.
As June draws to a close, let’s all try to make sure that the Pride Month feeling stays with us. Our children are increasingly encouraged to love loud, fiercely and to fight for whatever version of themselves they know is true; the world is evolving and LGBTQ+ rights are changing all the time, but the truth is, the fight isn’t over. This is not to say it is doom and gloom, huge strides have been made, but we must all look to our neighbours, children, friends and colleagues and stand together far beyond the Pride celebrations to ensure our shared sense of liberty, acceptance and equality endures.
The stats in the equality survey highlight the reality, which is that LGBTQ+ rights and understanding are not yet commonplace. At IMAlive we speak to people in all walks of life facing crises of varying degrees and natures, but a common thread in human interaction is an innate desire to feel heard, accepted and loved. We all crave the same things and to see that the world remains so widely off the mark in terms of recognising so many people and who they love, how they love and who they are is a hard read for any empath.
We’re not going to give up encouraging people struggling to reach out to us, and you shouldn’t either. Build up the people in your life, if they’ve been rejected or neglected, stand with them, be with them, be their voice if they don’t feel theirs is strong enough, because LOVE IS LOUDER and we hope to feel how we do now for the rest of the year and beyond.