Beautiful memories of LGBTQ
I grew up in a small village in Thailand where the people open their hearts to everyone, no matter gender or background. Even though our village lacked technology, we had wonderful lives. People were laidback and enjoyed our lives together.
We had more than four groups of people in the village. People who spoke Cambodian lived on the south side, people who spoke Laotian lived on the north side, people who spoke Suay (Kui or Kuy) lived on the west side, but everyone knew how to speak Thai.
Growing up, I never saw anyone in our village hurt each other because we are different ethnic groups. I only saw all of the villagers help each other when it was needed.
Later when I was ten years old, our school hired an English teacher. Although we spoke different languages, we were never racist against each other. Everyone got along and was always kind to each other.
Living in a village with many ethnic groups benefits you. You learn to speak at least three languages. If you are talented and willing to open your heart, you will learn to speak more than three language because in Thailand each region has its own language. But Thai is the official language for our country, and English is a second that every school teach us.
People in our village knew each other. One of my best friend’s brother was a ladyboy (Trans gender). I saw him/her went to work in Bangkok and sent money home to take care of the family. One of my grandma’s sister children was a lesbian, and she worked in Bangkok and sent money home for the family. Both of them were good kids. When I started high school, one of my best friends was gay. He was a good guy.
My life moved around due to jobs and education. When I finished college and went back to work in Bangkok, my best friend was gay, and many coworkers were lesbians. I shared apartments with them, I learned from them. So many cool things that I have learned from them.
The important thing that I knew about the LGBTQ friends was they born to be like that. They did not change when they grew up. They were LGBTQ since they were inside mommy wombs like all of us.
Thailand is Buddhist country. We are open to LGBTQ people, and we don’t judge you by gender, skin color, or who you are. We really don’t care about your gender. The only thing we care is that you be a good person. That means you have be kind, be nice, be respectful, and be a good person.
In 2002, I married my husband and moved to America. I saw many gays and lesbians friends around our lives. I enjoyed having LGBTQ friends and hanging out with them.
Some people I met didn’t like the LGBTQ people, and they keep asking me what I think about LGBTQ people. I told them that I don’t see anything wrong to be LGBTQ. I respect the LGBTQ and strongly support the LGBTQ community. I encourage them to be LGBTQ and be the best for their lives. I told them to stop hiding in the closet and suffering because you are afraid how other people think about you.
LGBTQ people are human like all of us. They have the right to be happy like straight people. They deserve the good treatment like all of us. LGBTQ are citizens in this world like us.
If you don’t like LGBTQ people, that is fine but don’t hate them, don’t hurt them, just leave them alone and let them live their lives.
More than forty years of my life, I know that if all of us learn to open our hearts, learn to understand LGBTQ lives, listen to their voices, you will realize that they are like us. We are no different and the world is beautiful.
No matter if you are straight or LGBTQ, we are the same, bleed red, heart beating, feel when it hurt or happy. We are all born once and should live happy.
Together we can make the world beautiful and a great place to live by opening our hearts.
Dedicated to my best friend forever: Pi Moo (Phisan Boonseang)