#GAYISOK

#GAYISOK

 

In Malorie Blackman’s famous Noughts and Crosses series the white race is inferior. In Philip K Dick’s ‘The Man in the High Castle’ the Nazi’s won the Second World War. A world where homosexuality, trans, cis is not punished by law (or even execution) is a book I haven’t read yet but one I would love to see on the market. It’s hard to imagine myself in a situation where I’m sweating, scared to death, shaking for fear of having to tell my parents that I’m straight. It seems almost ludicrous. But this is something that non-members of the LGBTQ community take for granted everyday.

 

*I am by no means an expert in LGBTQ rights, just expressing my opinion which I hope no one takes offence to. Apologies if I have used the wrong terminology etc.*

 

Can you imagine your love being illegal?

With that said absolutely amazing progress has been made in the LGBTQ community this week alone. On Friday 26th June the US Supreme Court ruled same sex marriage legal in every state in the USA. This is an absolutely incredible achievement and I’m so glad that the USA took action into legitimising same sex marriage. I’m going to be a bit of a Debbie Downer and say that whilst it is an incredible achievement it’s no time at all to get complacent. With this ruling will come a backlash I’m almost sure. Just like the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade legalising abortion there will be protests against this one. It’s important for all of us, even if you’re not part of the LGBTQ community, to stand up and support the members in every way you can because the struggle that a lot of people face every day is made even worse when people won’t allow you to be true to yourself.

The Supreme Court decision was a culmination of decades worth of litigation and activism. The progress made by the USA will only continue and be spread if we are active about LGBTQ rights and continue to widen our field of what we ask for. We should celebrate, we should be thankful for years of activism culminating in this incredible decision. But we should not be lazy.

To end I wanted to mention the amazing soap that Lush has produced to celebrate the events of this week. The bath and body company Lush released their soap #GAYISOK to celebrate with all profits going towards LGBT groups. You can buy the soap for just ยฃ4 either online or in your local store. Take a selfie with the soap and tag #GAYISOK to join the online celebrations! The soap is made of a palm free soap base and smells of Lush’s LOVE fragrance featuring notes of lemongrass, bergamot oil and sicilian lemon oil. And it’s sparkly.

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