I’d like each and every one of you to visit the Stand 4 Love blog site and read through the submissions from many different people within Second Life. Stand 4 Love is just as the title suggests, they are standing up for the rights for one and ALL to love and be loved and have that love recognised. It doesn’t matter if you are straight, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, trans gendered, gender confused or any other label that society wants to give you. You are human and you have the right to love another human, no matter who they are.
I decided to submit my two cents worth into this cause because it is an issue close to my heart. I identify as a bi sexual woman, if you want to put a label on it, but that is not the only reason I Stand 4 Love. I have gay friends, I have straight friends, I have trans gendered friends…..I have “FRIENDS” because in my eyes they are no different than the next person. I don’t care who they love or why, as long as they are happy. If loving someone of the same sex as them makes them happy then so be it.
But today I bring you a picture. My picture submission for Stand 4 Love. Can you see anything wrong with this picture? Looks just like an everyday heterosexual couple right? That is where you are wrong my friends. And most probably would not know unless they took the time to get to know us. You see while I am female in real life and I am also seen as a female in second life, my partner is not. Vince is portrayed in Second Life how he wishes to be seen in real life, and if you want to get technical and place labels again, he is trans gendered (pre-op). If you don’t understand the terminology – Google is your best friend. Or you could just treat Vince like an average guy, just like you would your biologically male friends.
Children are born not knowing the difference a boy and a girl. It is what we as adults teach them is “right”, “wrong” or “indifferent”. Next time a child asks “why is that man wearing a dress”, or “how come that lady looks like a man”…..think hard before you answer. Because you are going to shape the future for those of us that want the right to love who we want to love and be who we want to be without being criticised or judged for it.
We love each other and that is all that matters to us. Not our biological genders, not the “parts” we have hidden under our clothes, just the fact that we make each other happy. Make a stand with us.