I was driving on the highway absently listening to the radio, when I first heard the song “Same Love” by Macklemore. I was stunned. I have never heard anything like that before. It brought me to tears. There has been songs that support equal rights but they usually beat around the bush and use metaphors because they don’t want to come out and just say it. Macklemore speaks clear and concise. He makes excellent points and it is very clear where he stands. And the song is catchy! I liked his music before but now I like him personally even more. Watch the video, read the lyrics and spread the message.
For anyone who thinks gay marriage and equal rights for gay folks are a “gay only issue”, you need to hear this song. It is a human rights issue. Unless you are a white male, you have been part of a group that has been systematically discriminated against and had their rights suppressed. If you are a white male reading this, thank you. Because since it was originally your group that created the rules of suppression and control, but you are the ones who stepped up and conceded the change.
I try to imagine what it would feel like if I were still part of a group that was publically discriminated against. I am a women. In Canada, up until 1986, it was not illegal to rape your wife. Her body belonged to her husband so therefore he could take it whenever he wanted to and she had no right to refuse. Everyone is familiar with the struggle black people have had to go through to be given the same rights as white men. Few people realize that a black man was actually considered a person under the law and was allowed to vote before a women, of any colour, was. I try to put myself in that situation where it is openly believed that I am not worthy of basic human rights, not considered an equal person and not allowed by others to be myself and express myself.
(Side note regarding women’s rights – I absolutely believe, based on first hand experience that women still have an ongoing battle. But the law is now correct and fair. The discrimination is from individuals, not the general public or our own government.)
Quote from the song – ” It’s the same hate that has caused wars from religion. Gender to skin colour, the complexion of your pigment. The same fight that lead people to walk-outs and sit-ins. It’s human rights for everybody, there is no difference.”
The way things changed for women was in 2 parts – the brave, brave women who stood up and shined a light on the absurdity for the reasons for suppression. And the equally important part was the men, the lawmakers and people in charge of changing these laws. They listened. They realized they were wrong. And they conceded to make the change. The individuals within a supressed group cannot do it alone. It takes people outside of that group to stick their hand out and help them up.
So if you happen to not be gay and think that gay rights is a “gay issue” only and it doesn’t concern you, realize that if no one outside of your group stepped up to lend a hand, you might still be discriminated against and fighting repression still to this day. If you are not gay, now it is your turn to step up and lead a hand. Support peace. Support gay rights. Support human rights for all. Support marriage for any 2 people in love. Support teens coming out. Teach you children to judge people by their character, not what their characteristics are.
Quote from the song – “I might not be the same, but that’s not important. No freedom till we’re equal. Damn right I support it. ”
~with love, Chelsey P