So yesterday I wrote about how between North Carolina’s Amendment banning gay marriage (and civil unions of any kind, for anyone – including straight couples) and Indianapolis public schools’ inability to protect teens from bullying and violence, that it was perhaps not the best week to gay. It wasn’t the worst week, but it was probably worse than the week that Whitney Houston died. At least then everyone got to go out and have a memorial dance party. But alas, just when you think things are never going to change: IT. GETS. BETTER. Barrack Obama, the President of the United States came out in full support of gay marriage! Now, I would prefer the term marriage equality, seeing as not everything gay people do is gay: eating gay sandwiches, driving gay cars, going to gay work, etc. Though if you drive a SmartCar, that is one instance where you may be driving a gay car.
I would like to point out that this is only the first step in the journey to equality. It’s not like the President does one interview and -SHABAM!- everyone has equal rights now and discrimination is dead and gone. I present to you the pin-wheel of inequality, a graphical depiction of just what a raw deal most LGBT individuals in this country have:
So as you can see, there really is a gay agenda, and it’s even rainbow color-coded. Aside from being an aesthetically pleasing agenda, if you click the link above, you’ll see it’s also interactive! See? Gay info-graphics are just as cool (if not cooler) than straight ones.Go equality! But back to the matter at hand: as you can see, in most states, people can still be fired for being gay or be the victim of hate crime and have no legal recourse. Ideally, the kind people over in the state of Washington would just pass on their enlightenment to the rest of the country, iPhones in hand, passing out free Starbucks across all the land. But not even an endorsement from the POTUS can change things overnight, regardless of how much Starbucks he’s had to drink. So while yesterday was certainly a monumental step – Obama was the first sitting president to ever endorse gay marriage – there is still a long way to go to ensure that being an LGBT individual does not make someone a second-class citizen. And while I was more than happy to put my foot in my mouth after my blog post yesterday, I’d really prefer that everyone start putting their money where their mouth is, and support not just Obama, but their Senators and Representatives that are dedicated to ensuring equal protection under the law for everyone in this country. The Human Rights Campaign already hit me up for $100 (which I smartly haggled down to $35 – a boy only has so much money to go around). If I can part with a few dollars this month, so can you!