We have been hearing a lot this week about the decision to allow gay marriage all over America. It is truly a wonderful thing that people can now marry whoever they want in such a powerful and influential country. The times really are changing (to paraphrase Bob Dylan) and this was really encapsulated with this wonderful video which came out a few days ago.
It all took place in Columbus, Ohio. One of those religious nutters was banging on about how gays were going to hell and such nonsense. He had placard and a big mouth. He was that sort of preacher you walk past as quickly as possible and curse under your breath. Well, it would be safe to say that seven year old Zea wasn’t going to take any of his nonsense.
Bravery Beyond Her Years
Whilst he was giving it the fire and brimstone talk, this plucky girl went up to him and held up her rainbow flag. When the preacher began ranting at her through his microphone, she just stood there and continued to hold the flag.
Her proud father, Ryan Bowling posted the video online, and it is safe to say it has gone viral. Apparently this all took place during Comfest, which is a music and arts festival. Due to the Supreme Court decision, the whole event turned into one big celebration.
“Zea didn’t just flash the flag at that hatemonger, and bail. They went toe to toe, for several minutes, while he bellowed all of his fire and brimstone right in her face,” Bowling wrote on Facebook. “Grown man vs first grader. She told me afterward that she did feel scared. The one thing the people of #comfest2015 never let her feel though? Alone.”
They do say that sometimes it is the one who doesn’t say a word who has the loudest voice. You really have to admire the guts of a girl who is willing to go toe-to-toe with a nutter, yet still have the maturity not to get involved in a slanging match.
Sign of the Times
To me, this really signifies the way things are going in this debate. Young people are growing up without prejudice, and it is the bigots who are looking out of step with everyone else.
It does make me wonder, when you consider how far things have come in the last 50 years, where things will be in 50 years time? Will being gay just be seen as like anything else? Will we be able to do away with gay pride marches due to the fact that nobody really gives a shit? Wouldn’t that be a nice thing!
For now, all we can do is put our thumbs up to little Zea. She certainly has the Escort Ireland seal of approval. What a little lady!
Since then, he has specialised in articles on the battle for equal rights for sex workers, sexual health, as well as bringing the readers fun news from around the world. He also has a major interest in LGBT rights, and is an active campaigner in this field.
When he isn't fighting the good fight, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, and young daughter. He also enjoys reading and taking long walks.