Friday, November 14, 2008
Proposition 8: Moving Beyond Anger
It's been ten days since Obama was elected and Proposition 8 was approved. And for millions of gay people a night of jubilation and joy turned to disappointment and sadness. And then ANGER.
And who can blame them? How would you feel if your rights were taken away? If you were made to feel like second-class citizens. If you were insulted all the time, and assaulted and sometimes murdered. And then they told you your love wasn't good enough to get married. And they didn't just put you down, they hurt the one you love.
Oh yeah. Anger can be therapeutic and keep you going when nothing else does.
But it's time to move on.
That's why I'll be joining gays and lesbians and their straight friends at this Day of Protest tomorrow.
I know it's a small gesture. And I'm a Canadian not an American. But I want to show my solidarity with my brothers and sisters in the U.S. because the fight for human equality knows no borders. And we are FAMILY.
I want to show the religious fanatics in that country, and this one, that I will never be intimidated by their hateful garbage. Or stop fighting them.
And three I want to go because I LOVE the mission statement of the Day of Protest's organizers.
Our movement seeks to encourage the LGBTQ community not to look towards the past and place blame, but instead to look forward toward what needs to be done now to achieve one goal: Full equality for ALL. We stand for reaching out across all communities. We do not stand for bigotry, for scapegoating, or using anger as our driving force.
We will encourage our community to not let anger steer the conversation, but with an understanding that anger is a human reaction and we hope that it can be used as a catalyst toward positive change.
Because it IS time to move on, and channel all that anger into a massive movement for positive CHANGE.
And speaking of change....look what one of our friends, Shepard Fairey, who made the famous Obama poster... made for us today.
Isn't that neat?
Anger passes. But silence is HISTORY.
Our love, and the love and support of our straight friends, is stronger than their hate.
And the bigots will be BEATEN...
P.S. in case you missed them...here are the times and places of the Canadian protests.