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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