Human rights are unique in that they belong to everyone simply because they are human, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, financial or social standing, or any other distinguishing aspect. However, queer people's rights are frequently ignored, intentionally denied, and violated in horrifying ways daily worldwide. Same-sex relationships are still illegal in 67 nations, and only five countries prohibit harmful acts aimed at changing, converting, suppressing, or reorienting LGBT people's sexual orientation or gender identity. Only fifteen countries worldwide recognize gender as a legal construct based on self-determination. There isn't a single place in the world where LGBT individuals aren't subjected to violence, hate crimes, hate speech, exclusion, and other forms of discrimination. Some people have stood up against this discrimination and pledged not to back off at any cost. One such person is Todd Emerson, who identifies as a gay man. Some of the ways in which he’s serving his community in this difficult time are listed below,
Longstanding Commitment Towards the LGBT Community
This massive injustice that a large number of people in this community face throughout the world is just inhumane. Todd Emerson condemns such acts and has been working against them for a long time now. He is one of the most prominent advocates in Mississippi as he was the first grassroots organizer to inaugurate the Ocean Spring's Pride March in 1993. In the same year, he also suggested and explained the need for a gay and lesbian community center by putting an ad in the newspaper and asking them to meet at his house, but only a dozen people showed up. However, hundreds of people against him and his idea showed up at the City Hall to file a petition against him which was denied. After which, people would yell against him as they passed by his house; he received several hate calls, death threats, and whatnot. But salute to his bravery, he stood firm with his community, and because of his efforts, Ocean Springs in Mississippi became the first city to recognize June as pride month.
Standing Against Discrimination
He has made significant contributions to the advancement of LGBT rights. Dedicated to improving the lives of queer people, who face discrimination and violence every day because of their sexual orientation, he has been advocating for his community. He was a member of the Mississippi Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the South Mississippi Aid Task Force, as well as the founder of GL Friendly. His dedication cannot be ignored, as he has played a considerable role in advancing the rights of queer people in Mississippi and around the world.
Todd Emerson believes in equality. He believes that people should be given the right to live freely, as they want, regardless of their gender identity. Everyone, including LGBTQ+ people, should be able to be themselves. Emerson celebrates all the different kinds of love!