Confirmation Bias Definition:
The tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories.
It is June, PRIDE month. As I road trip across the country, I see we have raised our rainbow flags, applied our social media filters and planned great parties and parades.
On the surface, I love this! I have a robust group of friends that identify as LGBTQ and I love celebrating them! Personally, I have never understood the drama about identity and why some people (including a plethora of elected officials) get so bent out of shape about it. None of these identifying characteristics affects anyone except the individual.
When I reflect a bit more, I am faced with this question – Why in 2018 do we have a month of recognition for people who should just be able to be people?
People are people, love is love – get over it!
Don’t get me wrong, I understand the symbolism of why PRIDE is in June, but here is what stirs me. In Florida, it has been two years since the tragedy at Pulse, I see the online support for the families, demonstrations in Orlando, and the anger from people that will never again hold that friend, but there are fewer discriminatory protections now than when that disaster happened. Are we merely existing in an echo chamber? Will people that feel hate toward this community be positively affected because of PRIDE or is this a classic example of confirmation bias?
Personally, I don’t believe that PRIDE flags and rainbow streamers really change anything. Instead, let’s allocate the resources spent on these fun accouterments on registering people to vote, driving a neighbor to his or her polling place, or providing support for LGBTQ teens that are being bullied. Let’s fill the chambers of our local government when they are making laws and let’s drive a bus to Tallahassee to continue to demand change instead of singing to our own choir.
Don’t get me wrong, I will show up to party in glitter and feathers, but I want to do more.