Are you B.G.U?

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 feminismgender issuesself-loveLGBTQIA. 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.

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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?


4 Comments Add yours

  1. MegT says:

    Years goes by things are changing and we also have social media. Our values also changes as well, our generation are more understanding towards each other and depend how we are brought up as well. Hopefully more people will understand that not everyone are the same and hopefully we all accept one another. It’s good that we are more outspoken about rights etc…

  2. Irveen Chhatwal says:

    Everyone should be who they want to be, unapologetic and free about it. We are heading towards the change!

  3. danahwilliams says:

    This is a perfect example of being the world you seek. I love to see the younger generation taking this in hand.

  4. rosemarieparodi says:

    I believe what makes us different makes us beautiful! We should always be proud of who we are and embrace it! You’re doing a great job at that!

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