The Gay Vegans

Don’t forget to be kind

The news is filled with, well you know. Even if you don’t watch the news, in some way the negative stories of what humans are doing to each other will somehow get to your attention. In just a few minutes of being online I have seen white nationalist groups spew their racism and hatred, anti-gay slurs and posts, and quotes from a sexist male. None of this makes us or anyone better. Indeed, in many cases, these actions and quotes are made to separate people and to instill fear.

I have no reason to hate anyone. I have no reason to take my limited time and use it to attack or spew hate. As a blogger and a citizen, I certainly take time to share my opinions and call out those I disagree with, and I don’t need to, or have time to, attack others for anything other than opinions or actions that I take issue with.

I do try to take time to be kind to others. That can take many shapes and forms, and it is super easy. It can be a “good morning”, a wave to move in front of me on the road, a quick email in support of a jailed activist and a call to someone going through a tough time. It can be an action that changes the community I live in or changes the moment for someone.

Please don’t misinterpret what I’m writing. Speak out against the president. Speak out against those complicit in his power. Vote them out. Vote. Run for office. And while you’re doing this, remember that you are a kind person, one who deeply cares about others whether they are your senior next door neighbor or a seven year old girl from El Salvador still separated from her dad.

Thanks for reading.

About Dan Hanley

Gay and vegan in the burbs (of Los Angeles). I blog about veganism, equality, compassion, activism, politics, spirituality, and our awesome life experiences. The "s" includes my husband, Mike! I want this blog to be a tool to build bridges among communities and to inspire people to get involved and vote.