June 28th was like any other day and at the same time, it was a day that will forever be remembered as the day that changed it all.
If you are a part of the LGBT community then you know that I’m talking about Stonewall. It was the night that those in the LGBT community said enough is enough.
I wish I could say that everything changed that night. Well in many ways everything did change, but it took many years of legally fighting to become recognized as people with the same rights as everyone who takes those right for granted.
This post is not to condemn anyone or to convince anyone. It is merely a post to celebrate.
Three years ago June 26, it became legal for a same-sex couple to legally marry in every state in the United States. I cried, I shouted for joy, I celebrated.
No, we didn’t run right out and get married. Tiffany has been my wife for years in my heart and more importantly, she’s been my spiritual wife for years. Just knowing that we have the choice to legally be married as well as spiritually is more than I ever expected to see happen in my lifetime.
The day we saw a young lesbian couple openly hold hands and kiss in public, I cried then too. I looked at Tiffany and said it’s because of us and those who came before us that this moment was even possible.
Why do we make such a big deal about pride?
For the same reasons, we celebrate Independence Day. We celebrate to honor those who struggled to have what we now have. To remind those who come after us where they came from. To let those who have been rejected know that we are their family who will openly love and accept them.
This year in my own hometown we had the First Annual Pride Celebration! I”m so proud of Fayetteville, NC and everyone who came out in support of this celebration!
Celebrate Pride because somewhere over the rainbow, dreams really do come true.
To read a previous post about Stonewall click here