One’s race, ethnicity and sexual orientation are not usually topics that are discussed together as an inclusive and dynamic entity. We are accustomed to focusing on minority groups in distinct and separate terms. It is not often that we visualize a perspective in which sexual orientation is considered as a separate inherent trait and part of the whole being within the context of race and ethnic background.
A way to personalize this visualization is to understand how we see ourselves and how we interact with others. Some people very rarely visualize themselves in a good way; enjoying life and being truly happy. For the white population, envisioning this condition is much easier than the visualizations of various LGBTQ individuals of varying ethnic and racial backgrounds. Not only do internal feelings of self-doubt due to race and ethnic background have to be overcome, the self-doubt related to inherent sexual orientation must also be dealt with. This further delays one’s ability to visualize themselves as a truly happy person, living the life they were meant to live, in an open, meaningful and recognized way without prejudice or discrimination.
Full, complete minority equality can be achieved if we visualize ourselves as a unified and complete community working toward the same goals and objectives that will benefit all racial, ethnic and LGBTQ minority groups encompassed within. We need to begin to change our thought patterns away from the more focused attention we seek to achieve for our own individual constituencies. Our detractors seek to exploit that fracture amongst and between minority groups to further exploit their own narrow focused tunnel vision view of how society should be. They prey on ones’ feelings of insecurity and self-doubt in an attempt to further entrench their narrow view of society on the rest of us.
Visualizing ourselves as being equal to everyone else in society entitled to all the benefits that are bestowed on the rest of society empowered by a unified minority vision will begin to foster feelings of self-worth and self-respect. This will ultimately create an environment where true personal happiness may be found. The visualization of oneself will be based upon the true self, not influenced by racial, ethnic and LGBTQ prejudice and discrimination. Visualize yourself as believing that you can be the ideal person that you want to become. Visualize yourself!