So, in case you did not know the details, Canada legalized same-sex marriage in all provinces in 2005. Countries all over the world have been making similar steps in the same direction, and this is great! However, I am not from Canada, nor am I from a country that has taken similar steps in the same direction. I am from Bermuda – a place where the Human Rights Act was only just amended in 2013 to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation. So what does that mean for us?
Well, basically, it means that when I had a crush on a girl when I was in grade 11, she freaked out and stopped talking to me. It means that when people at my high school started talking about what it meant to be bisexual, everyone said that people who identified as bisexual were curious and undecided. It means that when an ex-boyfriend of mine had a friend come out as transsexual, he was adamant about calling the transsexual by his or her birth name instead of his or her real name. It means that “gay” is used as an insult between students in all of the schools, and nobody knows why. It means that you cannot be yourself in the place that you call home.
Though the laws in Bermuda may not seem important to a resident of Canada or any other country, remember this: though separated by borders and oceans, we live in one world. We cannot expect progress in our world if not every country is in it with us. Just like group work – everyone needs to put work in if you are going to do well.