Justice – Chapter 3

Gabriel Anderson marches with Scouts for Equality during the 45th annual Gay Pride parade in San Francisco, Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/ Tony Avelar)

This is the third of three chapters in which new characters who play important roles in the story will be introduced. By the time it’s finished we should have met (or at least heard of) most of the major players in the story.

Tonight is also the last night of June, a month that has always been special for the LGBTQ community in the United States. It’s the month when the Stonewall riots took place back in 1969 and it’s that uprising gay people celebrated at the Pride festivals held in so many communities across the nation this month.

In recent years it’s also a month that has traditionally been designated Gay Pride Month. President Bill Clinton was the first American President to do so back in 2000; and President Obama designated it as such every year he was President.

Unlike his predecessor, however, Donald Trump refused to do so this year. No Republican President ever has. Neither they or other GOP leaders have any interest in offending the conservative and religious bigots who hate us and continue to do everything in their power to strip of us rights other Americans take for granted.

Two years ago the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that marriage equality is the law of the land. But earlier this week the same Court also confirmed that the fight for same-sex equality is hardly over. You can read more about that here, but especially troubling was the voting behavior of the Supreme Court’s newest Justice, Neil Gorsuch – a man who shouldn’t even be on the Court at all..

It’s not just at the national level we have to worry, however. According to USA Today, the Washington Post, and other reputable organizations scores of anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in state legislatures around the country since the beginning of this year.

Some have already passed. Others are poised to do so in the coming months. The point is that gay people are under attack all around the country today – and throughout the world as well.

Personally I’m glad Donald Trump refused to toss us a crumb by designating June as Gay Pride Month. For one thing, we don’t need Donald Trump to be proud. We were proud before he became President and we’ll still be proud once he’s consigned to the ash heap of history where he belongs.

But pride is not enough.

You have to actually stand up to the bullies and bigots who have nothing but contempt for us and will do whatever they can to undermine our fight for equality.

Now more than ever, all of us need to show pride in ourselves by actively opposing state and Federal politicians who hate us. Here’s a good resource for tracking state legislation that would discriminate against us (and a few bills that would help our cause as well).

It’s simple, people. You either defend your rights like that boy up above or they get taken away by those who hate you. If you believe in justice as something to strive for, not just a story to be read, check to see what’s happening in your state and then take a stand for equality.

That’s what being proud is all about.

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