Champions of the Global Goals: Hailey McNutt
Two years ago, a conversation with a friend ignited a deep rooted passion within me to try my best to expand equality and justice to all community groups, regardless of race, ethnicity, education level, gender, age, or sexual orientation. As a young adult in a Southern state, my heart was broken for the people I was around who were treated with less care and diligence simply because they were unique. In response to my desire for justice, I opened dialogue between my gay friends, my best friends, and my family as much as possible to help alleviate injustice and inequality.
I slowly learned that the inequality in our society expanded far beyond marriage laws. It was in our healthcare system, in our schools. It was present in adoption centers. I learned that gay clergymen were denied the right to preach at the churches they loved, and my gay friends had to fight for a chance to stay in the hospital rooms with their loved ones even though they were near death.
It has been at least 50 years since the Civil Rights Era sparked across the nation, but instead of having just societies that celebrate equality, our governments still suppress that which they do not understand. In our world today, 77 countries still hold laws that deem homosexuality illegal. In the wake of the Orlando tragedy, it is important to note that our world has taken great strides towards justice, yet we have so far to go before the world is truly just, radically inclusive, and finally at peace.
I support Global Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities. I dream of a world that has strong societies that are based in policies that promote equality. A world with institutions that ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory, and representative decision-making at all levels. A government that will have equal representation of all people groups in order to encourage the right and privileges of all within our schools, our hospitals, our courtrooms, our homes, and our businesses. Our world can come together to provide more laws that promote safety against criminal acts, grants healthcare, and supplies civil rights to people that have often been overlooked. If we rise up to build strong institutions that talk to each other in respect instead of defense, I believe the world could be a little more beautiful by the year 2030. All it takes is a few definitive choices to help the sun shine through.
Learn more about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and see how you can support Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities.