Today’s guest post comes from Charlotte Summers, who is behind a global movement to be proud of gender and sexuality. While writing blog posts for thatswhatlynnsaid, more than once I’ve been disheartened by the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community. From bullying to suicide, homelessness to violence, and helplessness to hopelessness, I have wished I could do more than just shed some light on the pain this group endures.
Then I heard about Charlotte’s efforts with #iAMPROUD, and I asked her to let me share this project with you in hopes of giving it more visibility and giving a stronger voice to those who identify as LGBT.
You can learn more about #iAMPROUD through Charlotte’s words below. And in case I haven’t told you lately, #iAMPROUD to be an ally!
Understanding your sexuality or gender is a long and scary journey.
How will my family perceive me? Will all of my friends turn against me? What will everyone say about me?
Many valid questions whizz around your head & it all gets too much. When you finally come out, you could get mixed reactions. You see, some get it easy, others don’t. But that’s part of life.
Many of us for years are ashamed of our sexuality/gender as the stigma attached is too much to handle. But this needs to stop, we need to be proud of who we are. No matter sexuality, gender, race, religion and so on. We should all stand proud.
We want to showcase how amazing LGBTQ+ individuals are & we are going to share the worldwide.
The #iAMPROUD project highlights how amazing we all are. From discrimination, hate crimes and daily judgement we still stand proud as ever.
For the younger generations and those struggling with their gender, they will see us unashamed and owning our sexuality/gender.
And this is what they need. With increasing percentages of young children being bullied at school for their sexuality, they need us to stand up for them and say ‘ We are LGBTQ+ and proud.’
To help us achieve this, there are two ways you can join the movement.
1. Take a picture of yourself with the hashtag ‘iAMPROUD’ with your sexuality, gender or identity.
Then follow the simple rules below:
- Tag us on Instagram at @iamproudd
- Use the hashtag #iAMPROUD
(For example: ‘Bisexual & Proud’ with #iAMPROUD below)
That’s it! You will be featured on our gallery as well as on Instagram!
2. Email us your coming out story. Share your story to the world & show us all how proud you are to identify within the LGBTQ+ community. Our email is Uniteuk1@gmail.com
I hope you join us on our journey in being proud of who we are.
Learn more at https://prouduk.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/get-involved/