Dianna Agron, who plays status-hungry Quinn Fabray in Fox’s award-winning teen show Glee, has taken to her own blog to talk about how and why she is supporting LGBT teens.
Writing in a heartfelt blog post, Agron says that she chose to don a “Likes Girls” t-shirt during a recent performance on Glee’s month-long 42 show summer tour not because she is a lesbian herself but because she loves and supports the women in her life and hopes that, if she did have a romantic love for other women, they would support her too.
She also writes about how a lack of acceptance leads to pain and heartache, which she says we can all relate to and therefore should actively fight against.
Kindness moves mountains. Acceptance opens doors, makes room for change, diffuses misunderstanding. Every day, people commit hate crimes because of misunderstandings. Hate effects the target, and consumes the person behind the gun. It is crazy to realize that we have been in war for almost our entire existence on this planet. Many times for reasons of greed and hate.
Raise your hand if you’ve spent nights crying yourself to sleep, raise your hand if you’ve felt as if you’d rather hide in bed all day than face the people that make you feel small or powerless! Raise your hand if you’ve felt as if you’d rather lie to people than tell them the truth about who you really are, because at least you wouldn’t be the victim of hateful behavior or prejudice! And raise your hand if lying feels almost as bad.
Sadly, we’ve gotten letters from people who explain that they love the show but hate the gay story-lines. That we shouldn’t be polluting their children’s heads. To this I’d sometimes like to sarcastically reply, would you also like us to tell them that a stork is dropping off our offspring? That the sky is purple? That it is not practical to be true to yourself, because there are mean people in this world that will make them feel wrong for being honest? That instead of embracing themselves, they should lie to the world? THEY should be the ones being untrue and unhappy?
I believe that if you are bringing a child into the world, you should be willing to accept them in any reality. Whether they are Black, White, Asian, have four fingers, are disabled, gay….that the only wish should be for a happy and healthy baby. We are each other’s children. Unless someone has committed a violent or hateful act, why should we judge? We can so quickly resort to anger, often, the product of a whole other issue. Most often, an issue with our own self.
Agron goes on to write that she hopes the post is not taken as “preachy” but rather is seen as a passionate explination of her views. She then encourages others to continue to spread a loving message by using social media to pass on quotes or images that inspire them to loving actions and thoughts.
You can read the full blog post by clicking here.
TAKE ACTION: THANK DIANNA FOR HER ADVOCACY