Waking the Giant

I was sent an email from a close friend of mine today that made me think. She told me about her dad he called her and was terribly offended because of a picture she posted on Facebook. The picture was in support of equal rights in marriage. She informed her dad that she would not be taking it down and she did not appreciate his reaction. He asked her why she was taking such a stance on something that does not affect her, she is not gay, her kids aren’t either, so why? She replied that this does affect her family. This matter will shape the future of her children, it will teach them not to judge and to always treat others with respect. By taking this stand she as put into motion a change in her family. From her heart of gold who learned to except me and my family, has sprouted a massive movement in her own family. I wanted to say thank you to her. Thank you for your loving unjudgemental friendship.

As you know this is a very important week for the Equality movement. The supreme court will be hearing cases that will directly influence the future of my family and society in general. Trent and I believe that when we tell our children about this years from now that we need to be able to tell what part we played. We decided to a attend a protest at the capital. We got there and joined hundreds of other people, mostly dressed in red. We gathered in the basement of the capitol building, as our numbers swelled so did our emotions. Tears were on many faces. The focus of this protest was to peacefully make our presents known at another protest being held by the Osmond Family. As we moved as one body up those stairs surrounding the other protest, we moved in silence not needing to say a word as the meaning our gathering became clear. We stood as silent sentinels around the pocket of traditional supporters. As there program began they said the pledge of allegiance, the crowed was in shock as we joined our voices with theirs. As we closed with the word “Liberty and Justice for all” the feeling of injustice filled the room. Yes we are citizens of this great country too… Our rights were included in the battle for freedom, our ancestors blood was shed for us too. Our hands will cover our hearts as the Star Spangled Banner plays. So my question is why? Why would the Constitution of this great country not apply to us? Why are these rights only applicable to those who are straight? We stayed and respectfully listen to the unfounded and cruel words of these people. We sat and listened to them say we were not equal, that our lives are a perversion of love and by achieving equality we would destroy the family. We listened to them say that they had to protect the rights of their children. We waited and gave them their say, the closing prayer was offered. Then the chant began “Marriage Equality Now!” again and again, growing louder and louder, our voices joined as one. One who has been tread on for so long, one who is finally ready to take up his flag and fight. We came from all walks of life, gay, lesbian, straight, trans, bi, poor, rich, black, white and every other color of the rainbow. It was beautiful. ¬†We have been united, we will continue to speak as one. When the ruling of the supreme court comes through, we will shed tears together as one. We will stand as one and we will continue on until every one of us has equality! I want this for my neighbor, for my family, for my husband, for my children and for me. Today is a day that will rain down in history, the question is… Where you on the right side of it?

Time to clean House

I know i haven’t posted in a while, I have been working on a project (details to come) and haven’t had a ton of time to post. I can’t let this incredible failure on the part of state government pass without saying something. I was very sad to hear that the state anti-discrimination bill will not be heard this year. What saddens me even more is to hear the reasons why. People are stating that it infringes on their religious values, and personal opinions on the mater. I’m sorry but when did we start passing legislation based on religious values. I’m sorry that your values include discrimination and hate. I’m sorry that i want the right to not be fired based purely on my sexual preference. Sometimes I wish i could put these small minded “representatives” in my shoes for a day. Let them see through my eyes, let them here their own hateful words through my ears. I promise you things would change so quickly. I look to countries like Ecuador where a man was stripped on his political rights for gay slurs during a campaign rally. They know that saying these mean hateful things are wrong, so why don’t our “representatives” understand that when referring to homosexuality as a perversion and unnatural they are speaking about (literally) tens of thousands of people in this state and that it’s wrong. How can you justify keeping such a large part of your populations without protection just because you think they are wrong on a religious level. I am ashamed of you UT state Legislature.