Today is the day
Today is the day to celebrate. By celebrate I mean really see how much closer we are to being all equal. Yes the ruling on DOMA and Prop 8 might be such a small step however look at where we are and how long it took for us to get here. Regardless, being able to get married in every state is a really great goal. However we are forced to take very small steps because that’s just how it works when it comes to civil rights.
I cried this morning. I sat on my couch shaking because I couldn’t believe this was happening. Tears just wept and ran down my cheeks. I couldn’t believe that this moment had finally come. Often I was told that my fighting for the rights of others is kinda pointless because it’s a task that might not be accomplished until way later like in my elderly age. But just comes to show how the power of the people and the heart and soul of equal rights runs deep in our American vains.
A great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “A right delayed is a right denied.” The longer we wait and expect one branch of the government to act is the longer we allow the rights of LGBT individuals to be denied. Second Class Citizens was the phrase we used to help bring attention to the racism, heterosexist people that cover up their pushed discrimination through just ignorance.
It’s a brand new day, a day where now those who question their sexual identity can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Coming out in your teenage years or just coming out in general is hard. But now that we have a ruling… it really did just get better. Going through a relationship where your partner is in the closet and can’t come out because if he does he is disowned really took a toll…. more so because he couldn’t realize that it doesn’t have to be this way. We can live in a society that accepts everyone and where everyone is equal. Human rights is the main piece of our relationship that we never saw the same on. I couldn’t imagine my parents not accepting me for who I am. But then again maybe that’s privilege (from what I was told in Gender and Women Studies classes). Either way, it’s hard and because today is a new day that idea of equality just became a little more clear.
Congratulations America, LGBT Community… We had a great victory today. Tonight is the night to celebrate family, love, equality, and being American.