No one was more surprised than me when president Obama mentioned "Stonewall" in his inaugural speech. I have a DVR and I had to rewind and make sure he actually said "Stonewall."
"We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths -- that all of us are created equal -- is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall..." he said.
"Seneca Falls" - women's rights
"Selma" - black civil rights
"Stonewall" - gay civil rights
|Equality March Washington D. C. October 2009|
For the first time in the history of presidential inaugural speeches the president of the United States acknowledged and affirmed the existence of my gay brothers and sisters and their role in the American Experience.
|Proud LGBT folks at the Equality March in Washington D.C. 2009|
Most of the people I know hate president Obama. To this day I'm not sure why other than they hate the fact that a black man and his family inhabits the White House. I hate to attribute such crudity and ignorance to those friends and relatives of mine that I care about but I know of no other explanation. Oh sure, they talk about the "Socialist President" and the "President From Kenya." I still don't understand the depth of their hatred. I just can't hate that much.
In my lifetime I can remember when most of the people of this country hated gay people this much and more, even to the extent that once a gay person came out he or she was in danger of losing their life. I think a lot of this hatred came from ignorance. Of a fear that "their" way of life would end if they or their family was exposed to gays they would be contaminated. I don't want to get into too much of the psyche of why people act the way they do but I am so thankful that, in my lifetime, we have a man who is the president of this country who doesn't despise us or just ignore us. Us being gay people like me.
"It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law -- for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."
|The Rehoboth contingent at the Equality March Washington D.C. 2009|
Thank you president Obama for recognizing me and my gay brothers and sisters as a full and equal Americans.
|Me at the Equality March in Washington D. C. 2009 - 30 years after I attended the first Equality March in 1979|