While I write this, sun streams into our home, my fiancée is sitting across from me making art tailored to our community, and an out and proud bisexual artist is singing a beautiful song about his lover on national radio.
Our entire life is lived open, in freedom. We’re kicking it up a notch by building a business on being gay. We can marry, buy a home, walk hand in hand and kiss each other in public if we’re feeling frisky. If we wanted to, we could buy sperm, and have it delivered to our doorstep. If we would have a baby, we’d be able to both become the child’s mother legally and socially. Long story short; we are free and we have rights.
As much as we strive to be a positive voice within and for the LGBT community, it’s useless to deny that there’s a darker side to being a minority. When you’re not part of the mainstream majority, life can suddenly become fragile.
That’s what the Dutch remember on the 4th of May. All those deported and murdered in World War 2 were part of a minority, after all. For most, this day rightfully focuses on the rich Jewish community that was lost between 1940 and 1945. Over one-hundred thousand human beings, deported from Holland and brutally slaughtered, without that much resistance from their Dutch neighbours.
In 2014 we had the chance to see how cruelly efficient Auschwitz and Birkenau were
While I would never want to take away from those who lost family, and those who still suffer from the aftermath of this horrific chapter in history, the nazis didn’t just hate the jews. No, they hated all that was not ‘mainstream’. In Germany alone, 50.000 gays were prosecuted because of their sexual preference, and anywhere between 5.000 and 15.000 were sent to concentration camps. There, they were treated as the lowest of the lowest, and often used for sickening experiments before being killed.
I hope we all agree that this genocide against innocent human beings can never happen again. But with the world polarising more and more today, with Trump disqualifying minorities, it’s up to us to remember those who lost their lives because of one sick man’s thoughts. Let’s speak up, so history won’t repeat itself. Be an ally, be out and proud. Stand tall. Find your community, or better yet, create one yourself.
On May 4, at 8PM, we will be quiet for two minutes to pay our respects to all those innocent victims that did not have to die at the hands of a fickle, insane man. And afterwards? I will kiss the love of my life and do my utmost to make The Happiness Troupe a positive beacon for those who need one.