Pride without Prejudice

Tis the season once again to let the rainbow flag fly in all its glory. Pride marches are held across the USA this week, and its a week that swells my heart.  With heads held high, arm in arm we watch people who are out en masse with the ones they love.

What thrills me about this day, (here in NY) is that we look forward to it, as I look forward to Israel Day parade, St Patricks Day and Thanksgiving. It is a day that is not only fun, exciting, but tens of thousands of people who are participating both from inside the “club” and supporters of the “club”. 

The first March was held in 1970, and allegedly will be considered a March and not a parade until there is full and equal rights for all, according to the LGBT community. Hasn’t that day come already? How is it that we have now elected a black man president, we have seen destruction of a massive proportion on our soil, we have waged war against countries that have commited genocide and lack of equal rights towards their citizens, yet full rights to love is still eluded here in the very country that was built upon EQUAL RIGHTS?

Have we still not learned from earlier mistakes. We are ashamed of our slavery history, our imprisoning of Japanese Americans are never spoken of, and here we are, still withholding basic human rights to our citizens to marry and live a loving life with the partner of their choice.

It is a no brainer. If I can marry, then so should my neighbor. The constituion has no words that carry a message of same sex marriage. Those who oppose this celebration of life and love due to an arbitrary portion of a bible written by story tellers, are inflicting their self imposed rules upon those of others.  This is the fortieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which started the Gay rights movement in NYC.  Let this be the last year that this will be known as a March, and starting in 2010 let it be called a PARADE.  Come out, straight or gay, show your support and call upon your representatives that the time has come for true EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL.  The only people who should be in a closet, are those that have an issue with same sex marriages.

Let the rainbow flags fly with pride and right next to the flag of the USA. For this is who we really should strive to be. Land of the FREE, home of the BRAVE.

This blog was originally posted on June 27th, but I thought it was worth repeating with election day drawing so near (once again…) VOTE YES ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE. Although wording is somewhat confusing…(on purpose???) Just keep in mind, whichever State you are in, FIGHT FOR THOSE who only wish to love whom they love. If it is on your ballot in your state, its your TURN to take a stand. Your voice is heard by a simple click on a lever. If it isn’t on your ballot, write to your legistlaturs, congressmen, and Senators. TODAY. Time is UP.  Make the next MARCH a PARADE!!!! As it deserves to be.


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