The homophobia that is prevalent in many countries often stems from Christian missionaries who spew anti-queer rhetoric as a part of spreading the message of Christianity. Queerness, third genders, and other complex, non-binary identities have existed for centuries. For example, in Tonga, where my birth father is from, they have a naturally existing community that plays a large role in their traditional society called “fakaleiti” which means “like a lady”. If a family has no daughters, the youngest son is often raised in the role of traditional femeninity, and respect and spiritual honor is shown to these individuals. This is similar to Mahu in Hawaii, fa'afafine in Samoa, and femminielli in Polynesian cultures. When Europeans and Americans colonized many of these countries, they brought with them anti queer ideologies that were then forced upon the people in an effort to “civilize” them. As a result, many of these countries that once organically embraced varying types of non binary existence are now completely the opposite. Mix in the weapons technology brought to many countries by Westerners and/or Europeans, and you have a recipe for violence against the ancestral traditions and peaceful ways of life that once existed in most cultures. The root of the rampant homophobia of countries such as Brazil and Jamaica is not in their ancestral traditions, but in their colonization by Europeans.
there’s a lot of unspoken pressure to keep liking the things you used to like and to keep dressing the way you’ve always dressed and to never question what you believe in and basically “be yourself” has slowly morphed into “be what everyone knows you as” but trust me when i say if you just give it up and simply make decisions and take actions based purely on what would make you happy, you’ll gain a very comforting sense of self peace
Talk about Aleppo. Cry for them like you cried for Paris. Cry for them like you cried for New York. Talk about them. Our silence is killing them. They are people, PEOPLE. Are they not important because they’re arabs? because they’re Syrian? Do their lives matter less than the life of a French or an American? People from Aleppo are posting their goodbye messages on the internet as a final massacre is expected to happen any time soon and we are SILENT. We have been silent for over five years. Some children in Aleppo don’t know life without war. Imagine living in a city of ruins and having to fear for your life every instant. Hospitals, churches, houses, restaurants are bombed on the daily and hundreds are killed every single day. Yet we are silent. Remember them. Honor them. We’ve allowed a mass genocide to happen before our eyes for years. It’s burning is a testament of our moral failure. Talk about Aleppo, please.
Guys, Direct Relief (directrelief.org) is one of the highest-rated charities with 99% of donated money going directly to their programs. As I’m sure you’ve heard, Aleppo is about to be completely destroyed. DO is assisting with the Syrian Refugee Crisis and can use all the help they can get. If you are in a position to donate, please do so.
Whether or not you can donate, please reblog.
Literally there’s nothing anyone can say at any point in time to make up for the silence to what has been happening in Aleppo
Today there were advancements by the assad and russian forces into the city and aleppo is about to fall. 100,000 people are trapped in. Public executions are reported. Photos and videos from the city are scarce which is only more terrifying. Activists and journalists have all sent their last or farewell messages and there is no way out.
This is genocide and nothing anyone will say will make up for this absolute tragedy which we all watched indifferently