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I WISH we lived in a world where the headlines that resulted from the speech given by actress Ellen Page above weren’t focused so much on her being gay. If you Google her name right now, you get something like this:
What if they were more like:
“Ellen Page says we need to love each other more”
“Ellen Page says let’s celebrate our beauty and not attack our differences”
“Ellen Page rails against bullying and pushes for acceptance”
Instead, we get “Ellen Page comes out as gay” — and that’s it. That’s the story. I can pull quote after quote from this speech that inspires me to treat people better and to be more loving toward my fellow humans. Quotes such as:
– There are pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity that define how we’re all supposed to act, dress, and speak…and they serve no one.
– Loving other people starts with loving ourselves and accepting ourselves.
– We can do so much more together than any of us can do alone, and I hope that thought bolsters you as much as it does me.
But much of this message will be lost, overshadowed by her coming out, perhaps not by the LGBT community who is probably most inspired by her declaration, but by the majority of media consumers. If I had my way, this is the message we would be spreading:
“This world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another.”