Why 'love is love' has become the celebrated mentality of the millennial generation
As the millennial generation of the United States grew up studying the history of minority oppression from the Holocaust to slavery, it's no wonder they've become perhaps the most open-minded and accepting generation of all time. Millennials were taught about the heroism of great minority figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Harvey Milk - both assassinated for their attempts to make a difference in the face of hatred and discrimination.
Millennials grew up watching Oprah Winfrey, a black woman, and Ellen DeGeneres, an openly gay woman, on their television screens. They were able to empathize with both entertainment icons despite any identity facets they may not have shared with the women.
They suffered the loss of friends and classmates to suicide as these peers felt too isolated in their own bodies and too afraid to be themselves due to their sexual, religious, or behavioral "abnormalities." Millennials acknowledge the history of oppression as an embarrassment and a lesson. How can we call anti-semitics and slave owners inhumane and continue to oppress those who identify as gay, transgender, or asexual?
Thus, The United States Supreme Court finally legalized same-sex marriage on June 26, acknowledging that love is love. Period. There's no doubt that the open-mindedness and voices of the millennial generation contributed to this revolutionary decision. They've seen too much hate and its affects to inflict it on anyone else. Millennials value love in the face of a hate-fueled history.
Further yet, they realize that equality isn't about peaceful coexistence; it's about empathy and integration. They see others on a human scale rather than as affiliates of sub-groups. People are people and love is love.
We all experience the same emotions common to any relationship. A straight person can give relationship advice to a gay person and vice versa without any barrier or disconnect. That's what "love is love" means. It means we all love in the same way and experience the same bouts of jealousy, frustration, confusion, isolation, exhilaration, and happiness.
Of course, there are differences and disconnects. But that's where communication comes in. By discussing our personal histories and perceptions with people who grew up with different backgrounds, experiences, and identities than our own, we can better understand our communities and cultures as well as our places within them.
Millennials are all young and fear the harsh realities of getting a job, finding love, being accepted, and discovering their passions and "purposes." Regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds, race, gender identifications, or sexual preferences, they can all relate on that level. They understand each other regardless of differences. They're all people and love is love.
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