Editorial: Everyone has the right to self-expression

Self expression is an individual’s personal right and freedom. Referring to all aspects of a person’s identity, this experience is a decision made by people who wish to disclose an aspect of their lives regardless of others thoughts and opinions.

It is important to acknowledge that everyone should feel comfortable expressing themselves in whatever way they choose.

It takes strength and courage to become self-accepting and sometimes depends on the circumstance.

Showcasing who you are to others regarding any aspect of your identity, regardless of who you are, is an effort that should be recognized and comforted through acceptance.

Although the person may not feel free from oppression, self expression allows that individual to become self-accepting.

When people choose to make this sometimes tough decision, they should ultimately feel comfortable talking about who they are and things they may have gone through on their journey.

Protected as a “fundamental freedom” in the Canadian Charter of Rights, people have the “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication,” though there are many who may think otherwise.

It is not our job to dictate others’ identities and it is their utmost right to determine their own identities at a time that feels right for them. They are the only ones who can identify themselves.

Self expression is a person’s way of staying true to who they are, and through self expression the individual will continue to develop a strong constitution, which should be respected.

It doesn’t matter what type of person you are, everyone is unique and special in their own way.

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Editorial: Everyone has the right to self-expression