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  • Writer's pictureNivrrithi Arvindkumar

Break the Love Chains: An Open Letter to Homophobes

Dear Reader,


Today, I write with a heavy heart and a plea for understanding and compassion. Our world is a mosaic of vibrant colors, where each hue represents a unique human experience. Among these colors are individuals who identify out of the conventional sexual orientations- the banner of the LGBTQIA+ community. It is to those who harbor homophobic views that I address this letter, with the hope of opening your heart.


Imagine a world where love is a crime. Picture a young boy, heart pounding in his chest, as he confesses his feelings to his best friend. But instead of joy, he is met with scorn and seen as vermin. Imagine a girl, hiding who she truly is, because every time she dares to show her authentic self as an act of integrity to herself, she is met with whispers and glares and pushed aside in the hustle of the real world where sexual orientation is determined by who you're born as and have to live with for the rest of your life. These are not just stories; they are the lived realities of countless individuals that walk among us, carrying the weight of our prejudices on their shoulders- unwanted emotional baggage that we make them carry.

 

This baggage weakens them, crushing their backs, their aching bodies struggling under the relentless pressure. It chips away at their spirit, erodes their confidence, and stifles their potential. The constant fear of rejection and the relentless pressure to conform to societal norms drain their energy and joy. Believe me, they do not wish to be seen as rebels or to be treated as people going through a mere “phase”- they are people who don’t believe they are what they are but believe they are who they choose to be. 


It is no man’s fault- simply borne of fear and ignorance. Fear of what we do not understand, and ignorance of the fact that love, in its purest form, knows no boundaries. Love is a force of nature, unconfined by gender. It is the feeling that makes a heart race, brings a smile to our faces, and fills our lives with meaning. It is the same for everyone, regardless of who they love.


When we reject someone for loving differently, we strip them of their humanity. We deny them the simple, yet profound, joy of loving and being loved. Imagine living in a world where your very existence is questioned, where you are made to feel less than because of who you hold dear. The pain of such rejection is immense, and it leaves scars that run deep. Scars that may take years to fade away or never.. 


Your words and actions hold power. Homophobic attitudes are not just harmless opinions; they are daggers that pierce the hearts of those who are already vulnerable. They foster a culture of discrimination and violence, a world where LGBTQIA+ individuals are forced to live in the shadows. This culture breeds isolation, depression, and in the darkest of times, can lead to a loss of life. 


I implore you to look beyond your fears and prejudices. Open your heart and listen to the stories of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Hear their pain, their struggles, but also their triumphs and their joy. Educate yourself about their experiences and the courage it takes to live authentically in a world that often refuses to accept them. Let empathy be your guide, not hate.


Change begins with each of us. By challenging our own biases and standing against homophobia, we become part of a movement toward a more just and compassionate world. 

In closing, I urge you to reflect on the values of love, respect, and kindness. These are not just lofty ideals; they are the foundation of a society where every person can flourish. Let us honor the humanity in each of us and strive to build a future where love is celebrated in all its forms.


With hope and determination,

Nivrrithi Arvindkumar





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