"I struggle with wrapping my head around the fact that we live in a world where love and equal rights still have to be questioned or discounted." Demi Lovato wrote this in her letter to the LGBTQ community for Billboard Magazine’s pride month.
The singer who recently identified as non-binary and being “too gay to marry a man right now,” has constantly shown support for the LGBTQ community.
Despite how advanced society has become, it’s mind-boggling that fellow human beings are being denied access and rights that are accorded to all. The United States Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of the catholic group in an LGBTQ rights dispute over same-gender couples becoming foster parents.
The conditions for being able to foster a child should apply fairly to all, however, the basis of the US supreme court’s judgment on the issue questions our core values and humanity. Being able to give love and provide a loving environment should be more important than fixating on gender identities.
The constant rejection and discrimination of the LGBTQ community is a major cause of higher rates of addiction within the community compared to their counterparts who do not identify as one of them.
The issues of drug abuse and addiction, including alcoholism in the LGBTQ have their root causes from bullying and harassment with malicious words or actions from discriminators. Many of the members of this community don’t have people to talk to who understand them and end up seeking escape in opioids as they bottle up their feelings.
The LGBTQ community deal with figuring out who they are in a world where their truths seem deviant from the norm. That alone is enough work as it is, and having to also battle oppression can be mentally exhausting.
The singer, Demi Lovato, and other celebrities who have opened up about their orientation set a stage for the regular people in the LGBTQ to see that they are not alone and there are definitely people they can talk to who understand them.
Demi curated a very insightful YouTube documentary into her life and struggles, in which they revealed that their engagement and decision to get married to a man was more of a hunt for stability. The singer felt they needed to do that to prove to the world that they were okay, despite the fact that they told their parents in 2017 that they saw themself possibly ending up with a woman.
For Demi Lovato, announcing their non-binary orientation comes after they had just also constantly battled with alcohol and drug addiction. They said on their Twitter that, “This has come after a lot of healing & self-reflective work. I’m still learning & coming into myself, & I don’t claim to be an expert or a spokesperson.
Sharing this with you now opens another level of vulnerability for me. I’m doing this for those out there that haven’t been able to share who they truly are with their loved ones. Please keep living in your truths & know I am sending so much love your way.”