As always happens, a few God Winks in the past week or so have spurred this blog post on. (After listening to Dr Wayne Dyer, I no longer call them coincidences, as that is a mathematical term that has been hijacked and misused!)
Firstly there was Jason Akermanis sounding off on the radio last week. For the majority of you who are reading this, who won’t have a clue who he is I’ve included a link to his Wikipedia page for you. But here is a bit of back ground on him if you don’t want to read it. As an AFL (Australian Football League) player, he is famous Down Under. Mr. Akermanis would also turn up to the opening of an envelope; he is constantly on TV and in the papers. Mainly because he cannot keep his mouth shut on anything. This has led to him being called ‘a colourful character’, I prefer the term ‘ignorant’. His latest foray into expert opinion is about the rumour mill that was rumbling on a prominent AFL Player ‘outing’ himself as gay. Apparently according to Mr. Akermanis on the radio, “AFL is about as macho as it gets” since when did macho have anything to do with sexuality? This whole brouhaha stemmed from his newspaper column in the Herald Sun where the moron put both feet in his mouth and carried on to say:
In women’s sport – tennis, golf, cricket, hockey and soccer – being gay carries no stigma. But men’s sport is well behind in acceptance.
Yes he has a point there on men’s sport being behind on acceptance, but by writing and sounding off about it with such vitriol, you’ve made it worse. And since when did women become all sweetness and light and not paranoid that the lesbian in the changing room may be staring at us? What an ego, we may not even be their type!
The second God Wink was me watching a DVD of the glorious Action Transvestite Eddie Izzard, who is a comedian in the UK. Mr. Izzard has performed all over the world and when you go to see him, you never know if he will appear on stage in men or women’s clothes. So what? You are going to see him, (not what he will be wearing), he is one of the funniest, well read comedians I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a few. I can’t imagine many others doing a skit on the Greek Sirens somehow? Google Eddie Izzard Lego to see what I mean.
Last year Mr. Izzard ran over 40 marathons around the UK to raise money for charity, nearly one a day in fact; running from London, into Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and back down again to London. Stopping for a breather in a Lake District lay-by, he was talking about being a transvestite and that when he has been out in women’s clothes; people have got angry, verbally abused him and even beaten him up. One lady innocently asked ‘Why, do people really have that much of a problem with it?’ He said yes, and that he would not choose this for himself, it is part of him. He knew when he was about 4 or 5 that he liked wearing girl’s clothes, but people assume that because of that he is also gay. He isn’t, he is straight, he fancies girls, but also has this extra bit in him.
Why are people so stupid to see that this cannot be taught? People don’t assume that I was taught to be heterosexual do they? People know their heterosexuality is fundamentally part of them; why should that be different for anyone else?
So this is my quandary folks. How do we get more people to see with Magical Eyes, everyone they meet? How do we begin to break down people’s fear of homosexuality, cross dressing, gender identification et al? Because when people write, speak and proclaim that it is wrong, all I can think of is that they are scared.
We are all born and created equal, when you cut us open we are the same, we bleed the same blood. We are all born with the potential to be our best selves, but if you are scared to live your life as you should and have every right to because other people will abuse, fight or even kill you for being who you are, how can you be your best self? Ellen DeGeneres has spoken many times that she is more successful now than she has ever been, because she no longer has to hide a big secret away inside her. She can relax and concentrate on what she does, rather than hiding who she is.
So, I will keep banging on about being a member of the Human Family, as all of us can make a difference in so many people’s lives; I will try to help people see with Magical Eyes every day; I will try to encourage people to look inside themselves first before they shy away from others; I will carry on giving unconditional love to strangers; I will carry on paying life and love forward.
All of us Pinkies on, in, around and being touched by Owning Pink, know that this stems from finding and holding onto our mojo’s. It’s not a colour, it is an attitude. This attitude has a ripple effect; I saw it today when I updated my driving licence. I met all the people who served and helped me with a smile and an open heart, wishing them all a good day and thanking them for their time. I was in and out in 10 minutes, which meant I was only a few minutes late for work, rather than the hour or so I thought I would be.