Callie Torres-An Inspirational Badass

I wanted to write about how people/characters inspired me, whether dead or alive. You can learn a lot from them and incorporate it into your own life, who you are and how you act.

Callie Torres 

If you thought of Grey’s Anatomy when you saw her name, you are correct. She’s the fearless ortho from the show. She’s a lover and a fighter. I’ve always loved Callie but it wasn’t until she came out as bisexual that I really resonated with her. She has a conservative father and he didn’t accept her. He lives by the word of God so he thought it was an abomination. She was raised living by God’s word so she can quote the bible as well.

She was frustrated because her own father wouldn’t accept her. She wanted to love and be loved, no matter the gender. “You can’t pray away the gay!” This video shows the heated conversation with her father about same-sex relationships and it’s from season 6, episode 5. Callie believes Jesus loves her no matter what and she quotes the bible as such. “Jesus is my savior, not you daddy,” as she says so passionately before she walked out the door.

She stands up for herself and I admire her for that. I can relate to her because I’m bi as well but I’ve always had a hard time standing up for myself. You can clearly see, she doesn’t have a problem with standing up for herself. It’s something we can all learn to do. We have to learn to stand up for ourselves, even if it scares us and stand up for our fellow peers/neighbors. That shows a sense of community, love and support for each other.

After that, I looked at her as a person. Her sexuality isn’t the only thing interesting about her. There are so many other traits that make her amazing and inspirational. She doesn’t let anyone stand in her way. She taught us to not overthink. When she comes to work, she’s very focused and doesn’t let fear get in the way. Like everyone else, she’s been hurt more times than she can count. She doesn’t let it make her bitter or cold. Instead, she’s hopeful better things will happen. She’s a great friend, girlfriend/wife and mother. She’s funny, sarcastic, bold, fearless, and a warrior. Plus, she helps saves lives. Why wouldn’t you love her? The article,“13 Callie Torres Quotes That Will Give You Life,”written by Jasmine Alexander for Women has more quotes spoken by Callie and what makes her so inspirational.

Those are the reasons why Callie Torres will forever and always inspire me to become a better human being.

 

 

Hallmark Pulls Gay Ad-An Insult to the LGBTQ+ Community

zola-wedding-commercial-h-2019.jpgHallmark decided to pull ads featuring a same-sex couple getting married from the wedding-planning company called Zola Inc. A conservative group, One Million Moms complained and called an action to boycott the channel because it featured the ad. Hallmark told Zola Inc they wouldn’t use the ads anymore because it was seen as controversial.

According to an article, Hallmark Channel Faces Duelling Boycott Calls Over Gay Wedding Ads, written by the Wall Street JournalZola had aired ads with same-sex couples in the past on this channel without any issue.

If Hallmark aired same-sex couples before, then it seemed like they promoted equality and love. Now that they pulled an ad, it shows people they’ve taken a stand against the LGBTQ+ community. It seems like Hallmark pulled the ad now because it was seen as an inconvenience for them since they were getting hate for airing the same-sex wedding ad. If you’re taking a side, at least stay consistent.

“The only difference between the commercials that were flagged and the ones that were approved was that the commercials that did not meet Hallmark’s standards included a lesbian couple kissing,” said Mike Chi, Zola’s chief marketing officer. “All kisses, couples and marriages are equal celebrations of love and we will no longer be advertising on Hallmark.”

Hallmark promotes love, yet this is an issue? I guess Hallmark wants to show certain aspects of love. People will never understand that love is just love. They always want to refer to the Bible. Well, in the Bible, it also said that women shouldn’t speak in church and there were slaves back in the day. People always said, “God is Love.” So, confess your sins. Well, we can confess all we want, but it’s not going to make us straight. I refuse to marry the opposite gender just because I have to. If I ever get married, I’m in it for the long-haul so therefore, I want to be in love with the person I’m with.

The first and greatest commandment is in Matthew 23:37-40 “Love the Lord, your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is just like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

If you want to live word for word from the Bible, then don’t let the women speak and keep your marriage without love and then long for a divorce but are never allowed to have a divorce. It’s hypocritical when people tell others to treat people with respect and be kind to one another when some people can’t do the same. If you don’t love your neighbor as yourself, aren’t you breaking the commandment? Don’t spread hate, it’s simple.

 

A Reminder To Yourself

I know sometimes you feel weak and unloveable. Just know, you’ve been through hell and back and still survived. No, you’re living instead of just surviving. You have one of the kindest souls known to man and not many people do. They envy you because you’re smart, cute and talented. When you’re at your worst, know that there’s a whole world out there waiting to meet you. You’ll find love, even when it seems love wants nothing to do with you. Start with loving yourself, others, God and Buddha first. Also, focus on the bigger picture. Don’t forget you want a career first. You’ve changed so much and it’s been for the better. Please know, God and Buddha isn’t done with you yet.

“Feelings for Her”-Smartphone Film Festival on campus 2018

I wrote this while my friend produced/directed it. The reason why I wrote this was because society wanted me to feel ashamed for being a bisexual human being. That’s just it, I’m a human being with feelings and it’s not something that’s easily controlled. Also, on campus there was a smartphone film festival. It was the first one they’ve ever done and there were nine videos. This film won first place. Might write more in-depth next time but for now, enjoy.

Happy Pride Month!

Hey all! I never realized that June was pride month until now. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been paying enough attention to news but that changes today. Especially since I’m journalism major! That would be bad wouldn’t it, me wanting to be a journalist but doesn’t pay attention to the news? Well, again I say, that’s about to change. Anyways, I wanted to say that it saddens me that people can be so cruel to the LGBTQ+ community and wanting to pretend they don’t exist. Well they do, we do exist in society.

I wonder why people want to separate society and the LGBTQ+ community as if they don’t belong? Either way, the LGBTQ+ community is not going anywhere and it’s time people treat us as such. I’m tired of hearing, “Oh, it’s just a phase.” Or, “I don’t think so,” and deny that I am apart of it. I have accepted myself and I will continue to not only love myself but love who I want to love.

I’m a bisexual woman but my sexuality isn’t the most fascinating thing about me. It’s time to stop judging others by their sexuality and get to know someone as a human being.

I’ve always known I was into guys and girls. I fell in love for the first time with a girl who didn’t like me in that way. It was heartbreaking and still to this day I’ve been trying to move past it. During that time I recognized my feelings were stronger than wanting to be friends. It was a feeling I didn’t think I could ever feel because I never felt that way with a man. I was ashamed at first for feeling that way because I didn’t know how my friends and family would react. I didn’t tell them I was Bi nor did I tell them about her. I went on YouTube and listened to people’s coming out stories and they were inspiring because despite how scared they were to come out, they never stopped being themselves. One of the YouTube videos that helped me accept myself was called Coming Out-The Official Song by Ally Hills. Ally Hills has honestly helped me come to terms and it’s like saying, “Hey, there isn’t anything wrong with feeling this way. You feel because you’re alive. You’re human and you’re a fantastic human.” Being in the LGBTQ+  community doesn’t mean that you as a person change. Love is love and it has no gender. Although society has always normalized heterosexuality, it isn’t the only type of love. Love should be recognized and celebrated no matter if it’s a man loving a man or a woman loving a woman. There’s nothing wrong with how you feel. What’s wrong is how society wants people in the community to feel ashamed for who they love. They shouldn’t be. Love is a beautiful thing, no matter who you live it with.