Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage!
Those are the immortal words of the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. I have always loved the Cowardly Lion, not for his cowardice, but because he not only is a true hero who finds his courage in the end, but also because he is the one character that I have always identified with the most, for his courage. The Cowardly Lion has been on my mind lately for a few reasons. It is the time of year that I always show The Wizard of Oz as a way to discuss the Populist Movement in American History. Also, having posted about gay icons during LGBT History Month, I have been reminded of the courage that so many LGBT people have had that help make our lives easier to live. Furthermore, I was sent a link to the British docu-drama A Very British Sex Scandal (which I plan to write about in a future post). The docu-drama is about the courage of Peter Wildeblood in helping to decriminalize homosexuality in Britain.
So this week, I want to focus on courage, and the courage that it takes to be a gay person, even in this day and age. There are still places where homosexuality is still illegal, and in many parts of the United States, gay people are still discriminated against. I hope that one day it will no longer be an issue and that people can and will be accepted for who they are, and not derided for “what” they are.