Words of Wisdom

Published May 14, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

While many would argue that King was speaking on the experiences of African Americans, it is not a leap of faith in applying this to all oppressed people. It is through the work of community activists that we can challenge our oppression. The potential to become a community activist lays within us all it is a matter of speaking out against our oppression. This is what happened in at the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, when the 78’ers stood up to be counted.

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

This quote can be applied to those in our world looked into perspective dominated by heterosexual normalcy. The most recent example includes those political and church leaders rallying vitriol on the recognition of same-sex marriage based on dated values. It seems many in the communities have stood up against this in giving voice to their demands for acknowledgment of basic human rights to participate freely in the culture of their chosen communities. However, due to both sincere political ignorance and false moral conscientious people who identify as LGBTIQ experience both social marginalisation and physical danger.

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