Gay means happy

The positive side of the queer community

For as long as homophobia has existed, the love and support for gay people has also been around. Everyone talks about how unsupported gay people remain, but what about the ones who are completely loving their lives?

The day-to-day news including anything LGBTQ abides by the mostly negative, discriminatory dark side. Simply, what people see today online or in the physical news depicts as the not-so sweet, even bitter sweet, the so-called downsides to being anything other than straight.

The following should become an uplift aside from the black and white of depressing deaths, policies, discouraging parents or communities, and the people who think there is a cure to being gay.

Here’s your daily helping of good news for the queer community:

Celebrities have been donating money for the rights of people who do not get the love and support they need.

A church in Salt Lake City ditched an anti-gay policy.

Older generations support the LGBTQ more and more.

Twitter users made it clear they support as well, with special icons showing just how many people care.

A whole community raised a fundraiser for a transgender girl after an aimed assault at school.

Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker signed a law banning gay cure therapy.

Boycotts began against hotels associated with the gay-stoning Brunei government. Go to PinkNews, a LGBTQ-based online newspaper, to read about these and other uplifting articles.

By the Pew Research Center, a poll from 2011 claims millennials as the only age group with the majority of support, and support of age groups since 2003 remain the highest in history.

But, the main idea? Support does exist in the world, some way or another.

“My dad, at first said, ‘I don’t care what you are.’ He said that I’m making a path that would result in a lot of conflict since not many people accept it,” junior Andrew Carriero said. “My mom’s always been accepting of anything I do, so she trusted me. I guess I’ve always had that with my mom, but when my dad said that, it meant a lot.”

Over the years, acceptance has elevated. After DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) was signed into law in 1996, some 65% of Americans opposed gay marriage, close to two-thirds of the votes according to Pew Research Center.

Since Andy came out, he has felt happier and more open with his parents, even his friends.

If the readers are feeling some way, they should know they’re not alone, and if you’re in a situation where your family doesn’t accept you, there are other outlets,” Carriero said. “My outlet has always been movies. Though they don’t represent me and most of them are stereotypes, I found solace in knowing I’m not alone. I think finding ways to cope is okay. Having a relationship where you can be happy and feel accepted is very, very good, and it’ll come eventually, as hard as it is now.