My time spent in the closet was awash with confusion and anguish, on both a mental and emotional level, as I tried my best to circumnavigate across the spectrum of my own sexuality. I was able to step out of the darkness into a warm and accepting welcome from all of my family and friends, to which I am extremely grateful. I could breathe, finally; I had cast off my shackles and bid Before leaving for Japan on the JET Programme, my sexuality was the last thing on my mind.
What message, I ask myself today, is Holy Sophia giving to the church, the world--to me--when the very same people who use my Catholic faith to attack gays and lesbians and to argue that women are less human than men also defend the murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings with nuclear bombs on this anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima?
They were young girls who were horribly scarred when the Atomic bombs, which ended WWII, were dropped.
Hosoda has stated that he does not just want to fight for LGBTQ rights, but also for the rights of the disabled and the elderly, by playing his part in constructing a system that embraces diversity and helps minorities.
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