My reflections of attending the San Francisco gay pride parade
Travelling America has definitely opened me up to a lot of different values, cultures and mindsets. However the most interesting think I have witnessed in may short time in America was being part of the world famous San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. Here is my reflections from the day.
I have been travelling for 5 and a half months now: Through 6 different countries and two continents. After travelling for this long, you would think that I have witnessed all types of situations and scenarios, and therefore should not be easily shocked. However on Sunday the 29th of June I was shocked!
When I saw men of all legal ages, wearing outfits that allows the sun to shine in places where darkness is generally the rule. And seeing crevices in broad daylight previously unobserved left me first aghast and then shocked!
Never before have I seen a man ride a bike with nothing but a sock covering his gentleman areas.
I started wondering and reflecting why my first reaction was shock. I came to the conclusion that over the past 18 years of my life religion has brain-washed me to be against homosexuality. And I in my own error have not questioned my religion, but followed it blindly. Like a puppet dancing to its master.
Experiencing this parade has definitely made me question my religion. After all it is only through questioning can our conviction become stronger.
Since I started questioning my religion about this matter I have realised that, time after time people use religion as an excuse to demonise and victimise those who are gay, lesbian and transgender. However, who are we to judge our fellow human beings?
None of us have been created superior to one another. What gives us the right to tell another person that he cannot have a relationship with another person of the same sex?. Or that someone can’t change gender?
At the end of the day there is only one being who can judge an individual and that is God. Why are we humans constantly trying to be God and insist on passing judgements on people.
Pope Francis put this in a really beautiful way, when he was asked about the “gay lobby” in the Vatican.
“If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”
This is a powerful message for all of us. A message for all of us to reflect on.