I gave this post a lot of thought before I even started to write it. I do not live in America, so I didn’t celebrate this day directly. Also, by writing this post, I am putting myself out there with something that is seen by a lot of people as being unnatural. For a long time, I hid from the people who didn’t get me, and just recently, I started to embrace myself as a whole. I accepted my sexuality, and I am proud to say that I am queer, and very confused. On the one hand, labels can help us understand ourselves better, and help us fit in. On the other hand, sexuality is a spectrum, and it can get confusing when you’re trying to find a word for something that you feel inside.
Despite all of this, the post I’m writing now is not completely about myself. On the 19th of November USA Today posted an article that enraged me, to the point where I started crying. “Supreme Court justices set stage to end marriage equality” (Sosin, 2020). As I said earlier, I am not an American citizen; so you’d say that this won’t affect me, except that it does. It’s been five years since the Supreme Court of America made marriage equality law, and now all of these rights that these people barely got, are taken away. Just imagine the setback we experience as a community, wheater we live in America or not. From the moment we are born, we are doomed just because of who we chose to love. If you want to learn more about this subject, I suggest you go and read the whole article, as it makes no sense for me to summerise it in this post.
Now, just to lighten the mood up, I will give you some book recommendations. There is hope, and we, as a community, will get past this bump together. All of these books are written by queer authors or have queer representation; some I’ve read, some I did not. If you read any of these, feel free to tell me your opinions. If you have a book blog, and you wrote a review for any of these books, feel free to tag it in the comments; I’d love to read it!
Without further ado, here are a few books I’d recommend:
Bloodlaced was the most recent book I’ve finished, and there aren’t enough words for me to tell you how much I loved it. I already wrote a review, be sure to check it out! If I Was Your Girl is a book I came across recently, and I am dying to read it. I wish I could find the time to read it in December. Lastly, The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life was a fun highschool romance. I flew through the book, and it is safe to say it was one of the lightest novels I’ve read this year.
I had my eyes on I Wish You All The Best for quite some time now, and I am currently looking for a place to buy it. I saw that people either love, or hate this book, but I need to see for myself what’s the deal with it! The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was such a pleasant suprise! I did not know the main character was part of the LGBT community, as the book was recommended to me by a friend. Despite having sad moments, the book was still fun to read. Felix Ever After is another book I had my eyes on for a while, but the thing is, everytime I try to order it from my local bookshop, the item is sold out. I promised to myself I’d read this book by the time 2020 is over.
Before I finish this post…
Many people are forced into silence about their sexual orientation or gender identiy. This can be charactersied as fear of rejection form friends and family, or just fear for their own safety. The world is full of people that cannot come out and I want you to know that I, as a person, and we, as a commuinity, we will keep fighting for you. I know how hard it can be, and trust me when I say that I am not the only one who knows this. You are not fogotten, you are loved and you are valid. Remember that!