This Morning President of the HRC Joe Solmonese wrote to Barack Obama to respond to Obama's administrations response to defend DOMA in the courts.
In reading the letter I was brought to tears. We as a community need to start standing up for ourselves, doing something to help gain equal rights within the eyes of the government. This goes beyond marriage, this is about equal protection against hate and discrimination. If we don't stand up nothing will change.
The wheels of revolution are not turned by idle hands.
So many of those in the LGBT community that I talk to simply think change will come inevitably and there is no reason to get involved, but what we fail to realize is that the only reason things change is because there are those few out there pushing with all their might for equality for the rest of us, but unless we all push the change will be slow or not at all. It is not fair for my generation to reap the benefits of the hard work of the generations before us
who have been fighting for our rights.
It may seem like things are progressing as it is, but our cause stands on the edge of a knife, this year and next many of the states that have passed laws for the equality of our community are re voting on the issues trying to repeal what we have accomplished over the last decade. Maine is trying to have its laws allowing Same-Sex Marriage repealed, if something like this passes it could set up a precedent for the rest of the States that allow same sex-marriage. On top
of this there are other states trying to repeal civil unions and domestic partnership laws.
So now is not the time to sit back and do nothing, we obviously are not going to be able to rely on Obama to help, his prolonged silence is answer enough for how he feels, so we must take it into our hands.
Write a letter to the president professing your frustration to the president. Donate money to organizations like the HRC. I know times are tough, but if you can
spend 5 dollars on a coffe from star bucks or 60 on a polo from Abercrombie you can spare some. Look for local events supporting gay rights.
I am already drafting my letter to Obama and have been a member of the HRC for sometime now. Now it is your turn, find someway to help, there is always something
If we all do just a little, we each send out a small ripple which together can bring down anything in our way.
Stand up, join the fight
Au Revoir and Adieu