Among the cast of characters on Downton Abbey, one character stands out. He is Thomas Barrow (played by Rob-James Collier), a conniving, ruthless member of the staff who will do and say nearly anything to achieve his own personal goals. He is also a gay man in an era where homosexuality was a criminal act.
Thankfully, British authorities have seen the light and removed this unjust law from the books.
But in other countries, homosexuality is still on the legal books as a criminal act. At best, the victims are put in jail and tortured. At worst, they are executed.
Consider the following:
In Israel, there is no such law on the books. The Israeli LGBTQ community is just as open and vocal as any other country where acceptance is slowly and thankfully becoming the norm. Israel has also opened her arms of members of the LGBTQ community who are fleeing from neighboring countries due to persecution in their own lands. Tel Aviv hosts a vibrant, proud and open gay pride parade every year.
Israel is not perfect and will never be perfect, but opening their arms and welcoming minorities to live openly and proudly makes them nearly perfect in my book.