Who needs to stand up before a world court tribunal first. N’COBRA has been knocking at that door for a half a century, slavery reparations have been discussed for 150 years. Thankfully a number of Universities are stepping up to lead the way here. Much more is needed as well. One suggestion I would make to those pleas is that people of color also look into the complicity of organized religion in sanctioning such chattle legacy. I’m shocked it took so long for Africa to apologize for their participation in the slave trade and sorry my country felt so divided on what should have been common sense, that they went to war.
But humanity demands a global mandate of policy assuring SGM safety including full equal rights. LGBTQIA2S+ populations are a natural occurrence emerging for every culture on each continent. Sustainable Development Goals that leave no one behind can not be achieved without resolution, an end to, the gross human rights violations that are occurring every minute somewhere on the planet which are crippling the SGM community everywhere.
Some thought a day including reparations could never be a reality. Time has shown us who truly harbored deviant tendencies and miracles such as the beauty of a lobotomized person even at rest are not lost here.
This incomplete summary of reparations became reality within a few short years. Still the SGM people are not safe. As long as there are dangerous people who continue to find discrimination of any other culture acceptable, and who take action to exclude others by force or legislation, we will not have a world where all are free & equal. We can not know the security of peace as long as we refuse to accept the world we inhabit as it is today. From that understanding we can work together for a better tomorrow.
All the rights we need to guarantee full privilege have already been secured within the UN‘s Human Rights Protection’s. While they may not say Gay, they apply to all men and women and children too. The Free & Equal campaign noted that just as they spread the fiscal folly of 5% GDP being wasted annually because of LGBTI exclusion. If the SDG’s of 2030 are to be met, resolution for the SGM population is needed a must. Those few extra coins saved with inclusion might fix our clean water problems in a single year. Extreme hunger could become a bad memory.
The SGM population is in imminent danger today. Counties with inclusive laws are at risk of becoming a target from places where exclusion seems entrenched deep. We know man did not always wear pants. At one time there was no such thing as a wheel. Anything is possible for our future.
Historically the Gay Rights Movement had to take the bench so Women’s Liberation could effectively mount their course of social political actions to effect the change we have seen. With violence occurring against LGBTI people every day, violence against perhaps the least violent members of society, we must all take pause and accounting of our priorities. You can not put new flooring down if the foundation of the subfloor and joists are not engineered properly. Let’s correct the systems allowing for SGM exclusion and prepare to lay down wondrous carpets after the new floor is done. 2030 is almost here.