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A Deadly Sin called Pride

Queer Vocal Voices Challenge #1

By Krishan MubasharPublished 2 months ago 3 min read
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A Deadly Sin called Pride
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Even though I am not a Christian, I had to learn about the `Seven Deadly Sins´ during my childhood. And Pride is one of them. During the last years, I had many conversations about those deadly sins and their importance for our lives. Although I am nowhere close to agree to the bible and what religion does to humankind, we should avoid committing those deadly sins. Our lives would be more healthy in all directions.

Ever since this challenge came up, I started thinking about it and what it means to me personally. As you already suspect, I am not as fond of pride as the others for many reasons. However, I acknowledge what it has given to the community during the last decades.

There was a time, when we needed to stand up for our rights and tell the world that we are proud of who we are. And indeed, we still should be self-confident of who we are, no matter what sexuality we have. Nevertheless, the moment we accept to be proud, the moment we let pride enter our lives, we also start putting us about others, yet our worth is neither higher nor lower than everyone else's.

For me, and I had the bad fortune to experience it a lot during the last years, pride means to exchange one intolerance with another one.

Before, we had to face discrimination for not being `normal´ and suddenly that changed to different subjects. In fact, the pride community is one of the most intolerant communities in this world. May it be your age, your look, your queerness, or whatever, you face quite a lot of discriminations within the protected space of this community.

Nowadays, pride means to come out of the closet, straight into a box to get labeled again and again. And with every label, with every box you get put in, discrimination and intolerance appear. And the worst of all, this community gets split into smaller groups that have to face the homophobia from the outer world, as well as the intolerance within the overall community.

During the last years, we seem to have reached the turning point. The more rights we got, the less satisfied we became; we wanted more and most of all; we wanted to be acknowledged as something special. Suddenly we need more protective laws than the human rights provide. A crime against a member of the LGBTQIA+ community should be something different from a crime against a straight person, although it actually is the same; for example: Murder is murder, no matter what the reason is.

That is one reason the homophobia is rising again. The support is falling apart, the unity of the community is falling apart. Every new box, every new label weakens our rights.

And pride is one of the reason this fight for our human rights is falling apart. Pride means to close the own eyes towards others and pride also opens the door to intolerance and discrimination.

Pride always comes before the fall.

I am fully aware that I will receive criticism for this; however, we need to state the problems; we need to find solutions that will unite all of us and we need to find them before we lose what we gained. Pride should not stand in our way as it does today.

For me, there is no place for pride, no place for intolerance (unless it is against intolerance) and discrimination. Of course, I also prefer some things to others, but there is neither a need to exclude anyone, nor to put it on a poster to show the world. Every one should have the same right, as the human rights already give us.

Are we really different human beings that need special laws, that need more acknowledgement than straight persons?

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Krishan Mubashar

A passionate author, he writes tales of human encounters with nature and animals. He dives into the depths of the human psyche, offering an insights into our connection with the world around us, inviting us on a journeys of self-discovery.

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  • Austin Coxabout a month ago

    This is a truly compelling piece and thought provoking and I’m sorry to hear some of the experiences you’ve endured have led you to an unfavorably opinion of Pride. It seems like you’ve had to deal with a lot of hypocrisy, and that understandable considering how shallow our community can be. You are gifted and special beyond the thoughts of others and I hope you know that pride and confidence aren’t entirely negative when you use them from within yourself to stick up for those around you. Some have tainted the word and made their pride their ego and have became intolerant of those they view as beneath them, but this isn’t the case for everyone. We’re a community and truly do deserve to support ourselves, each other, and those outside of our community even if they do not support us. We are all in this world together and owe it to one another to be kind and supportive, through and through!

  • Oneg In The Arctic2 months ago

    You raise some really interesting points that make sense, though at the same time make sense under certain contexts. I feel that maybe in the American and “Western” or even just more white European sense, there is more truth to what you say than in a global sense. In many places around the world there is still inequality and systematic and institutionalized discrimination (if not fatal laws). But I do agree about how the Pride community got so big in the western world that it became toxic and hierarchal in its own sphere. And it’s the popular mainstreamed queer media as well.

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