STOP HOMOPHOBIA DAY HAIKURE
According to the Cambridge Dictionary diversity is “the fact of many different types of things or people being included in something; a range of different things or people.” It’s interesting that in just a few words that compose this definition we find “inclusion”, a concept deeply bonded to the one of diversity, that unfortunately is sometimes forgotten. Every individual is unique, and every trait of his/her body or mind has to be cherished and celebrated in every shape or form, for it’s nothing that makes each one better or worse than anyone else.
Thankfully it seems, though, that during the last few years a huge torch of consciousness was lit, and more and more people are starting to fight for equality, rights and justice. There’s still a lot of discrimination in the world, but everyone together can eventually defeat ignorance and in the end blow it away just like a pile of dust.
The world’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is a perfect chance to admire, celebrate and study the work of some amazing and brave artists that have been leading their art toward the precious concept of inclusion and have been fighting against discrimination through their creations.
Frida Kahlo, for instance, used her paintings to depict topics that were taboos during the 40’s, like female sexuality and feminine beauty standards, all through self-portraits. Her work, with a strong yet delicate presentation of the female is an elevation of its existence. A journey through grief and hope, nature, death and new life, that expresses the purest form of freedom through creativity.
Going on with history it is necessary to mention the American activist artist collective from New York City, Gran Fury, spawned from the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, represented a big deal in the fight for education and awareness in the 80’. SILENCE=DEATH, one of their most famous phrases, became almost like an anthem of their movement, highlighting the importance of facing the problems, and not turning your back.
Their sharp and straightforward expression aimed to awaken people about a hard situation that a large part of the population was facing, directly or none: AIDS.
At the present day, we surely benefit from the hard, ground-breaking work of the people that were and are devoted to the cause, making us a step closer to the long sought inclusion.
For years now fashion has been a safer reality, a place to express oneself, where free-of-prejudice creativity is mostly welcomed and celebrated. This of course is possible thanks to the commitment of many fashion-designers and professionals of the field that have been fighting, and still are, to achieve crucial results that will only progressively improve.
Likewise a great number of models and actresses are active on the LGBT+ side, daily committed to destroying prejudice and so make the world an easier place to live in for those who are now being oppressed.
Hunter Schafer from New Jersey, for instance, known also for her leading role in the HBO series “Euphoria”, has been an activist since school, when she protested against the North Carolina Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, a law that would force people to only use washrooms based on their biological gender. Or the transgender actress, author and model Dominique Jackson, that spoke at the 23rd Annual HRC National Dinner discussing the brutalities suffered by transgender people of color and said: “it’s about love, and we talk about love but we forget about humanity. I am a human being just like each and everyone of you. It is time that we stop with the aesthetic, it’s time that we stop with the privilege. (…) We must see the human factor, our foundation is human, not sexual.”
The actions of every one of us count, everyone can make a huge difference in making the world a safe place for everybody, where all different types of people are included and welcomed.