This past week has not been one to remember, when it comes to the acceptance of LGBT people across the country. In both states, legislation has been put forth that would allow for discrimination of LGBTQ individuals.

These are utterly despicable practices. Practices put forth by governments that do not care about the lives of their citizens. Governments that let hate and fear trump what is good and right. It's important that we call our senators, call our elected officials, and we let them know that this is not the American way. This is not progress. We have to be better. We have to be kinder. We have to respect our brothers and sisters.

We are all different. But that doesn't mean we can't accept one another for who we are. Legislation such as this only divides us.