Saturday, August 28, 2010
"What if's"...All Our legislation Passed.
First would be the encredible feeling of celebration....that the world had changed in incredible and wonderfull ways. Gays and lesbians would be protected in ways that we had never been previously. We could meet and marry someone we loved, perhaps make a family and hopefully never have to worry about losing out jobs or homes because of our sexual orientation. Being able to do those basic things paves the way for more positive change as we have more energy and support to turn to other areas of our lives.
However, sometimes I thing that we hang our hopes on passage or repeal of these issues and forget their status as waypoints along the journey...not the end. So what would happen if Christmas came early this year and we woke up to find that all our legal/legislative hopes had come true...then what?
This event brings to mind just how far we have to go yet in the journey to equality. It dawned on me that there are layers to the struggle with legal protection being just one of those layers. Another important one is the level of acceptace we recieve from our freinds and neighbors....from the clerk at the grocerystore, your childs teacher, the people we deal with day in and day out. Even if we gain all the legal protections we hope for we still have to deal with everyday people who just don't like us. That includes slur slinging, flyer flourishing psychopaths as well as the lady at the bank that gives you the evil eye everytime you walk in. We will know the world has changed when these event happen and whe WHOLE community stands up to condemn them....or the day we know longer have to be afraid to hold hands in our home towns.
until next time dear readers....