Learning to Accept

Posted: November 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

by Hanna Munin

  Just recently, the court case of Jose Alfonso Aviles was resolved. Aviles was the shooter in a double-murder case back in April of this year in Austin, he shot and killed Maria and Norma Hurtado.  Maria was the mother of Norma, and Norma was in a relationship with Aviles’ daughter. The daughter does not wish to share her name. The daughter’s family was very upset with her being a lesbian and really did not approve of the relationship between she and Norma. Norma was in the house when her father shot her girlfriend and her girlfriend’s mother. The daughter’s family had been persistent throughout the relationship that they were not okay with it and Aviles had threatened to kill Maria and Norma several times.

This hatred of the lgbtq community is not uncommon, even though it is quite upsetting. People tend to have this hatred for religious reasons, cultural reasons, or political reasons. It’s hard to be supporting of yourself if the people you love and trust do not support you of your relationship. All week, I have been thinking about what a solution to the problem would be. How can we work together to prevent anything like this from happening again?

I feel that the main way for the discrimination and hatred of the lgbtq community to stop would be for adults to educate themselves on what it means to be gay or lesbian, and also to stop hating gay and lesbian people. It’s important to set an example for the youth of today. Whatever you say, they listen to. By showing that you do not hate homosexuals and that you are open to the idea of what it means to be a homosexual shows your children that there is truly no reason to be hating these individuals or out-casting them to the extent that is being done so right now.

Also, talk to your kids about the persecution of gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual individuals. If you are open with them and explain to them what it is and how it is wrong to put them or anyone else down, they will be less likely to hurt people accidentally by their actions against lgbtq people. Even if you do not feel that you hate homosexuals,or anyone who is different from “the norm” you might know someone who does.

And if you educate yourself and go and talk to them about what you have learned, they will listen to you and learn from you about how they are suppose to think about homosexuals. Don’t let the death of Maria and Norma be silenced. Live out for people like Norma! Let it be known that what happened to her is wrong and it should not ever happen again, especially in our community of Austin. Here is a great resource to help you get started! http://www.loveisrespect.org/dating-basics/healthy-relationships/healthy-lgbtq-relationships

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