GAY MARRIAGE, ACTIVISM, AND THE FUTUREBy Joe Mannetti


  
June 26, 2015 – Friday
I celebrate the victory of Gay marriage being recognized by all 50 states. Celebrate, and rejoice.
Whether or not it ever became legal to marry the one that I loved, it never stopped me from making love with another man. I now have the option of legally marrying him and enjoying all the financial benefits and protection that Straight married couples have enjoyed for years. I think I deserve that right along with others.

But, I also know that it won’t stop others from hating me for being Gay. I know that it won’t stop LGBT bashings and murders. I know that it will not change the fact that countless LGBTQ youth are thrown into the streets to live homeless by their own families. I am aware that Transgender people are still marginalized and attacked along with so many LGBT people of color who still face discrimination, employment challenges, and survival issues despite advances being attempted today. I know that HIV/AIDS is still with us with no cure or vaccine after all these decades. I know that bullying still targets LGBT people of all ages, and people are targeted by bullies are still committing suicide.

So, I celebrate this victory of marriage with you today. I think we deserve a celebration. I celebrate the option to get married, because options are good. But, when the celebrating is done, I know that more work waits ahead. We won this battle. Our war on other issues is far from over.

Stay strong, and carry on.

  

GAY MARRIAGE, ACTIVISM, AND THE FUTURE – Joe Mannetti
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David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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