I am writing to express my deep concern and disappointment regarding the amount of hate directed toward the LGBTQ+ community.
It is truly disheartening to witness such prejudice and discrimination in our society.
What is even more distressing is when individuals attempt to compare the LGBTQ+ community to the Canadian Armed Forces or other honourable service members.
It is important to recognize that most people in the armed forces are highly respected for their dedication and sacrifice. They are not subjected to disownment or death threats simply for their choice to serve their country.
As a young person who reads this newspaper, I strongly believe that we should not give any attention or platform to those who do not fully support the LGBTQ+ community.
It is crucial that we stand together in solidarity and promote inclusivity and acceptance.
While some people can be grateful for the ability to “move on with their lives,” as one letter writer suggested, members of the LGBTQ+ community face daily challenges and discrimination, even in the most mundane activities such as going to a grocery store.
This is unacceptable and highlights the urgent need for education and support in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
It is my sincere hope that this newspaper, as a respected source of information, will take a proactive role in promoting understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community.
By providing more education and support, we can foster a more inclusive and compassionate community for all its members.