MKE Table Talk
Over the weekend a Dallas transgendered woman was found shot and killed. Although officials have yet to confirm whether this was a hate crime, months prior to this same woman was a victim. The transgender woman was brutally beaten by several men.
Upon her survival, she began to speak out more and more about the situation and shed light to anti-LGBT hate crimes happening in the LGBT community. Over the years the rate continues to increase, especially down south.
Aside from the transgender woman speaking out, just last year a 9-year-old boy killed himself because he and his sisters were consistently bullied at school after coming out to his mother. He hang himself, thinking that was the best way out. But my question to society is why?
Why does someone’s sexuality mean so much to people whom it doesn’t effect? Why does it anger and bring rage to people that find themselves to be homophobic? I think it’s important for people to begin to look at things in a different light.
Just because someone is interested in the same sex that doesn’t make them any less than a person. It doesn’t mean that they’re not a good person. It does not limit who a person will become it does nothing. It’s simply a sexual preference, that’s it.
After having a conversation this weekend on the MKE Table Talk episode, I realized there are three important factors that must take place in order for the world to begin to see the LGBT Community in a brighter light.
1. Understand We All Are Human
Being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender does not limit a persons ability. It’s similar to race when you think about it. For years people have had many issues with accepting black people. Granted some still do, but if you line up ten people, Black, white, Asian, Hispanic, gay, straight, or even transgender, they all will bleed the same.
2. Accept Yourself First
Whether you are a part of the LGBT Community or not, your first step is to own and accept your own sexuality/identity. Many times people feel uncomfortable when they’re unsure. Therefore it’s necessary for you to be sure and also know that not every person interested in the same sex is interested in you.
3. Love Unconditionally
It’s important to support those that you know and don’t know when it comes to this topic. Many people of the LGBT Community experience terrible judgement from family, friends, loved ones, and more. Sometimes once a person comes out, they’re disowned or kicked out of the house having to experience homeless. The list goes on. But if more people would focus on loving people for people, the world would be a better place.
Respect is respect and love is love. These things should not be given upon contingencies. It should be unconditional. So tell someone you may have been treating unfairly that you love them. Apologize for passing judgement. Instead of making assumptions or cracking jokes, ask questions. The only way to do better is to know better. Make the change. Unity is everything because together we can do more.
2018 is departing while 2019 is approaching. At this time of year everyone’s reflecting on this year’s failures as well as the plans for future. The New Year always feels like great place to start fresh. Milwaukee has had some incredible additions to the city, such as the Bucks Arena and even the America’s Black Holocaust Museum, that symbolize growth and hope in the city.
Some studies even say that the homicide rate is the lowest it’s been in the past three years. Many new businesses have opened and the Sherman Phoenix Project has added a new flavor of unity to Milwaukee. All of these things are awesome and needless to say, it’s been a wonderful year.
Going into the New Year, four young ladies have decided to start MKE Table Talk, in hopes to become the voice of Milwaukee, reaching Milwaukee, through Milwaukee. Philicia Gigger, Erica Mitchell, Marissa Gigger, and LaShawnda Wilkins plan to invite guests of all different races, backgrounds, professions, beliefs, and genders to sit and talk at one table.
Wisconsin is still one of the most segregated cities in the States. It has many racial barriers, poverty stricken areas, with troubled youth, and broken families. Zip code 53206 still has the highest rate for black male incarceration in the world, with 62% of the black men locked up.
With these demographics in mind, Milwaukee has a story to tell and the time is now. If we want to begin to have an impact, we have to discuss the issues at hand. I believe one of the reasons we are so segregated is because of the lack of understanding of each other. The first step to understanding each other is having critical conversations, breaking the ice.
The show will be broadcasted twice a month, live on Facebook and later available on all social media platforms. Each month MKE Table Talk will have a “Millennial Takeover” hosted by millennials only. The talks will hit home for many people with intentions of some sort expression.
You can expect lots of great, necessary talks with people from all over the city. Be sure to get involved. Follow MKE Table Talk on Facebook and YouTube and @mketabletalk on Instagram and Twitter.
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