What I Don’t See

When I look at people, I don’t see color. I don’t see gender. I don’t see religion. I don’t see sexual orientation. I don’t see social class. I see them. I see their personality. I see their desires. I see their mistakes. I see their love. I see what makes them an individual, not what makes them a label. With the current presidential race, the nation has been talking a lot about social issues and different communities that comprise this country. While I understand that society needs terms to refer to specific groups of people, I don’t understand why we are divided into different groups of people. We are all different. Granted, we have similar attributes to some people more so than others, but I don’t want to be categorized. I want to be me. I want to be independent.

I have always cringed when people refer to me as gay, in any regard. At first, I thought I was ashamed to be gay and that’s why it bothered me so much. Then I realized that I just hated to be lumped into some group that I share one trait with but differ in so many others. I have more differences than similarities with the LGBT community. Why? Because I am an individual. Don’t get me wrong, I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be white. I am proud to be every characteristic that defines me as Kyle Jay Julicher. But I am not prideful because I am classified or categorized, I am prideful because I work very hard to distinguish myself from others. I don’t want to be some cardboard cutout. I just want to be free and I just want to be me. I hope that one day society will lose this need to label everyone and group people together and recognize people for their differences rather than their similarities. I hope that people will take pride in being themselves, and I hope that everyone will be free from social stigmas. I do not feel this way because I am gay or because of political views. I feel this way because I am a person who tired of being separated¬†into groups like items. I am not an item, nor am I a number, I am Kyle and I will always be Kyle before anything else.

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