This past weekend featured a personal accomplishment for me as I just completed my 21st official 5K race!
Man, I have come a long way since last March when I ran in my first 5K. Sure, I did a few obstacle course/mud run events in the past but those were one-time deals. I would train a while for them then go back to normal afterwards. When one is competing in this many race events a frequent schedule of running and training is required. It’s a necessity and really helped as I hit some PR’s, and ran one of my fastest 5K times yet on a warm sunny Sunday morning at Coney Island.
In fact, this month I participated in two running events that I was proud to be a part of. A few weekends ago I ran in the Brooklyn Pride 5K along with this weekend’s Coney Island 5K. Both runs were very organized and a pleasure to be associated with. Each gave out terrific finisher medals, with rainbow ribbons to hang around your neck as you crossed the finish line, along with extra swag such as dri-fit shirts and rainbow number bibs. Both races were terrific in supporting the LGBT community and Pride Month. I had a blast at each and was honored to be involved with both. It also helped that the weather was wonderful out on both days. Always a plus when running outdoors.
As I observed people of the LGBT community running in these events it really made me wonder as to why people have so much hate towards them. Couples, friends, and groups all ran together in support. A mix of gay and straight. Young and old. Of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. Some in great physical shape, and others just running their first 5K. All coming together to enjoy the day and have some healthy athletic fun. To support their community and celebrate their lives. Maybe even honor those no longer with us.
These people mean no harm, and they are not hurting anyone. In this day and age, it boggles me as to why so many people throw hate and violence at other people because of their sexual preference. All they want is to be accepted, to be an equal part of society, and have the same rights as anyone else to live their lives the way they want. The people of this community want to live and be happy. Be proud of who they are. Don’t we all want that?
I am so sick of organized religion dictating to the masses how we should lead our lives. What is considered right and what is construed as evil.
I am so sick of political figures and government using ridiculous mandates, skewed viewpoints, and flimsy laws that harbor ill will and work against this community.
I am sick of so-called People of God, so-called devout Christians, and Right-Wing Conservatives who constantly rail against the community and work against them at every turn. (Yet, still want their vote!)
Yet, many of those in these above-mentioned groups have been caught doing multiple illegal things, committing crimes that the Bible says is a sin, and becoming rich and wealthy at the expense of the poor. Many have even been outed as having illicit same-sex affairs themselves, caught with prostitutes, abusing children, being drug addicts, etc. The list goes on and on. The hypocrisy is all too real. It’s so lame though how they still see themselves as better and leading a more perfect lifestyle, while preaching to the masses what is right and wrong, while leading double lives and being far from forthright themselves.
We have so much despair going on in this country. So much turmoil in the world. Way too much hate. Can’t we just respect our neighbors and offer support? Love one. Love all. Be accepting. As a society, we have much more to worry about and focus our energies on rather than spewing hate towards people because of who they choose to love.
I am looking forward to running these races again next year. Happy Pride Month!