When talking about human rights, it’s easy to think of equality between males and females, heterosexuals and homosexuals. The “equality” isn’t always equal, and that is why there are so many memory days, parades, and social events. Throughout history, people have never stopped struggling for their rights and they are unforgettable. For example, International Women’s Day, the laws’ changing for homosexuality, feminism parades, demonstrations of LGBTQ groups. What is the purpose for them to do all of this? They paid so much for just one thing– be themselves, be free. They are done with hiding and being looked down on. They want to proudly live in their own way.
In our generation, there is a group of young people who enjoy their lives, who love the world, who think deeply, who make a magazine called BGU Zine to speak out their thoughts. BGU is Be自由 (means free). The Japanese way to read自由 sounds like English letters G and U. So BGU is be free. It is an open-minded, bilingual, handmade minizine on topics like feminism, gender issues, self-love, LGBTQIA. The team members are really cool and not just making it for fun. If you read their articles, follow their instagram or twitter , you will realize that they do think about this society. For example, there is an article talking about some women’s privileges in Japan. Women in Tokyo have women-only train cars during rush hour. They also have movie discounts for women every Wednesday. The author sees not only what the society is giving to women, but also the truths behind them. That one actually impressed me, because I never thought of it that way. What’s more, I surprisingly found that these ladies and gentlemen not live online, forwarding or leaving comments on celebrities’ posts or something. They go on street to give out their paper magazines! Look at that girl’s lovely smile. They try their best to tell and show people that no matter who you are, you have your own beauty. I’ll keep following.
I’m writing this because I like it and I want to support my friends. More importantly, I am one of them. I want to be myself, I want to BGU. How about you?