Voice of the New Generation!

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I am a 16-year-old girl and a growing activist. It all began with a magic purple card that was given to me by an older friend. That’s when I started learning about activism. The day I got this card, I checked the website as soon as I got home, and there I found answers to all my questions. I was finally comfortable in that purple environment. That was the first step: I discovered Meem.

Then Bekhsoos started coming out. It was the perfect place to go to stay updated and grow my activism. I read about the diversity that exists among us and the similarities that unify us. Then came Bareed Mista3jil, or “Mail in a Hurry,” and I was in a hurry to read it. In every page, I could find a small part of me.

Looking back at all these events and that period of time, I realize that this is what watered the little seed of activism in me and made it grow. And then I pause and forget about how I got to be where I am today. My thoughts shift to what I am going to do about it and how I am going to be involved in all this. In Bareed Mista3jil, many have mentioned how the younger LGBT generation is dealing with easier circumstances, how we are getting increasingly comfortable in our surroundings, and, in short, how lucky we are. Many factors played a role in creating this new life quality, such as easier access to internet, cable TV, talking about taboos among friends, and, more importantly, the work of the older generation. We are lucky to have the foundation built for us. However, we, the younger generation, should be very conscious of this and know that there is no room for a single mistake in continuing the work that has been done before. The path has been drawn for us over the past 10 years and is not to be taken for granted. We are responsible for the change they created for us, and we should be up for the challenge.

Every generation has its share of problems, goals, achievements, and priorities. So let’s not be satisfied when a friend accepts us or when a family member embraces us; we want more!

What I am trying to say is that change is happening. Let’s not get enough of it and stop here. Our thankfulness for the work of the past decade should be crowned with our will to take on the challenge and move forward.

Contributed by Mandy

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