I have to say I was moved by the fact that for the first time in history the word gay and our struggle with civil rights such as Stonewall was included in a Presidential Inauguration speech. In case some of you missed it here is the quote
We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.... |
...Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.
What was said gave me pause for several reasons:
*No American President has ever acknowledged we existed as a class of real humans in this Country before in such an important speech.
*The context that he put the fight for equality in placed it as shared aspirations rather than shared experience to the struggles others have had for civil rights. I think this context change actually will allow for more of those who have fought for civil rights to better relate to our challenges and fight.
*The judges on the Supreme Court were at the Inauguration and they have before them right now at least 2 cases involving gay rights. This may have been a good way to utilize the power of helping them to open their eyes a bit wider to the changes that have occurred in this Country and have less fear about ruling on the side of equality.
*As silly as it may sound hearing this actually left me feeling for the first time in my life a little more a part of this Country. All the hate that I have felt and seen over the past nearly 50 years of my life that has been directed toward the GLBT community has taken a toll on me and left me feeling a bit separated and alone. This helped me to revive my hope that we can reach equality and possibly do it in my lifetime.
Did this part of his speech change how you feel, give you more hope, improve your outlook, make you feel more included, have any effect on you, etc...?