Currently, there's a revolution happening. A wave of change in society. The people coming of age are the ones who are going to make the world into a place of acceptance, or are they? While I completely agree with the movements happening, there is something not spoken about. This isn't just a way to complain about some personal problem, although I do love to complain, a way to raise awareness.
Not everyone is raised in a place where they are exposed to these changes.
Personally, I didn't grow up in a town that allowed for gender or sexual expression, coming to college was the first real chance I had to learn about these movements. However, there is a way of discussing these topics that seem to be more shaming those who are not educated instead of explaining what it means to be something like Gender nonconforming or polysexual. I personally am not educated enough on these topics to give an explanation of such terms in the way the terms deserve. This is why I would like to ask people who are educated, how can someone like me who has not had the exposure to understand be able to learn information in a way that is not hurtful or rude. I would love to understand how certain acts are demeaning and while that may seem like I am trying to walk a line of right and wrong, in order for me to also be on the train of change, I need someone else to help me.
It cannot be expected that everyone just knows what it means to fight for social justice, or what social justice means. While some may say "just google it," I believe it is our jobs as humans to educate in a nonjudgemental way instead of shaming those who haven't learned. While some acts are clearly derogatory, often in conversation a person will say something and not mean to offend another person. That is the chance for the educated to speak up, define and communicate the offense. Simply telling someone how something is hurtful is a movement for change and help to others. I am no way asking people to be in dangerous situations but encouraging those to speak up when they feel comfortable. To stop attacking those online when they want more education and give them that education. To communicate instead of building a divide between those who understand and those who don't.