My little sister (left) and me (right) from waaaay back in the day. It’s amazing how obviously different our interests were at that age. But I love her more than anyone on this planet.
This accurately sums up my feels tonight. *le sigh*
I miss my sigfig.
Okay. So I’m supporting President Obama this election year. And a lot of my friends are calling me a “one issue voter” because his biggest selling point for me is his stance on marriage equality.
And yes, I know marriage equality is not the ultimate goal of the Gay Rights Movement. For me, I’d rather the platform be about fighting discrimination in the work place, but look it’s 2012 and for the first time EVER, LBGTQ issues have made the official platform for political party and it just happens to be marriage equality. It’s a stepping stone. This is a process. Change takes time, and ultimately it takes more time than one or even two presidential terms.
But here’s my issue with calling me a “one issue voter.” Gay rights is not, let me repeat, NOT a one issue problem. It is A LOT of issues. It’s work discrimination, it’s bullying in school, cyber-bullying on the webs, it’s the high rate of teen suicides for LBGTQ youth, it’s children being left homeless because their families cannot accept them, it’s the fact that some of my friends can’t go into the male bathroom because people cannot accept that trans people exist much less deserve respect. And YES, of course, there is the fact I can’t get married in the state I have lived in for the last 21 years.
Is marriage the ultimate goal of the Gay Rights Movement? No. Is it a good starting point? That’s debatable. Is it our best bet for keeping the momentum of this movement going? Yes, I honestly think so.
So look, I’m not a one issue voter. I’m voting for all these issues that are faced by members of the LBGTQ community because right now Obama is a much better bet for changing the future of LBGTQ Americans than Romney/Ryan or Ryan/Romney, whichever they’re pushing these days, I know it tends to flip-flop.
Had to share.
Old Jewish Lesbian couple. Love it! Also, major props to PBS for making a documentary like this.
Lesbian relationships in a nutshell. #ThisIsWhyImSingle
If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.
J.K. Rowling. Great initials think alike. :)
Lesbian pastor. Atlanta, Georgia. Awesome? I think, yes.