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Calling All Allies!

I think most everyone that heard about recent events against the gay community is rightfully outraged, but what are we willing to do about it? I have been as active as I can be since getting involved in the struggle for marriage equality. My personal experience in this cause gives me the feeling I am entitled to say that the apathy of much of the gay community gravely concerns me. Perhaps people think it is someone else's job to champion their rights? I have heard some say that they had made a large donation to groups like MassEquality, so they feel as though they have done their part. This is a dangerous line of logic. Our community is under constant attack, and the people who are at the front of the battle have a huge weight on their shoulders. I see the same faces time and time again at the rallies. What we need is to have more involvement from those who have not yet picked up a sign, or even stood in silent opposition to our oppressors.

If we do not take a stand for our own rights, if violence against those who would support us is not enough motivation to get out and be heard, what does it take to motivate us? I propose that by sitting back idle we are encouraging our opponents while wearing out our allies. The time for all to act has come. I urge everyone who has a stake in equality go to the State House on January 2, and bring everyone you can to show appreciation and support for those who have fought so long and so hard for you. Send a clear message of thanks to the legislators for placing themselves in harms way for justice's sake. By showing up you will be able to see for yourselves all those who have been there for you, and your presence will energize them for future fights. It may also spark the flame inside you to act in other ways.

"I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live." ~Martin Luther King Jr., Speech in Detroit, June 23, 1963


Laurel said...

Couldn't agree more, John. If anyone out there hasn't had the time or the courage or the inclination to participate before, Tuesday is a fine day to jump in and stand up for equality.

I do depart slighty from what you said, John, in that both money and participation are crucial. So I laud all folks who can do just one (giving $, for example) and not the other (showing up). Some people only write letters to legislators or newspapers, or blog, or... Everyone should participate as they can.

Mark D. Snyder said...

If we lose on Tuesday the consequences will be horrific for trans/genderqueer folks, and youth who usually take the brunt of homophobic violence caused by anti-gay campaigns. We must defeat this!