Past generations have envisioned what our world would look like today. References to futuristic families like the Jetsons would come to mind, and many had figured that global serenity would have been achieved by now.
This is not the case, as history repeats itself -- as with the ongoing violence against LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) individuals that was exposed during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
In a modern twist, perpetrators of these crimes would record their deeds on smartphones and share the images to further increase the victims’ humiliation.
Assault, harassment, and discrimination are not surprising in Russia, as even the authorities have accepted this to be a social norm. The condemning of so-called “homosexual propaganda” that could be accessible to minors makes being gay even more difficult in that region, led by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A poll in April 2013 found that 47 percent of Russians believed that gays and lesbians should not have the same rights as heterosexuals.
By contrast, America is generally more open to gay rights.
I was raised to treat people the same way I would like to be treated. As such, I do not see this problem as a complex conundrum; I see it simply as treating one another with humanity.
As English philosopher Sir Francis Bacon once said: “Knowledge is power.”
The better informed people are about the brutality, prejudice, and hardships faced by the LGBT community, the more likely global equality can be achieved.