June 26, 2013
The words in the posting banner are those of Edie Windsor who brought the fight against DOMA to SCOTUS. While there are many who can be called “heroes” in the fight for Equality for LGBTs starting back with Stonewall, Edith is certainly one.
And then there also are Jeff Zarillo and Paul Katami along with Kris Perry and Sandy Steir who brought their fight against Prop 8.
Today was one of those days when yet again I have been privileged to witness history made, both good and bad, in now my almost 60th year.
After 10 AM this morning I watched Pete Williams of NBC News read and then explain the two rulings many both LGBT and their supporters have been waiting months and indeed years for.
In the 11 AM hour I watched the Out and Proud and well-respected news anchors and journalists, Thomas Roberts and Rachel Maddow, discuss the SCOTUS rulings, where the rulings bring us as a community and where they don’t. It seems fitting that “timing is everything” to now in this day and age watch two openly gay journalists discuss the news which directly affects them.
When the rulings were coming down my Twitter feed was posting at warp speed so much so I couldn’t keep up with the Tweets. I sent out just two in matter of fact and to the point style, one for each ruling which then transferred over to my FaceBook which was albeit not as full as on Tweeter was taking on a life of its own with my gay and lesbian friends.
This afternoon I didn’t watch anything as it was spent with several hours of errand running and a very much needed long nap in an A/C cooled room as the humidity had done me in. I did watch Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow before posting this. All in all what I have seen today from anchors, talking heads, participants and folks caught on camera with their reaction more than once brought a smile to my face and deep sighs to keep emotions in check.
Today is but one day in the long book of LGBT history continuing to be written starting back on June 28 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York City.
I sincerely hope the younger generations can appreciate the full extent of the history they have seen in recent years and how that history has brought them to where they are today both in Equality and acceptance. Yes we have more roads to travel but there are many, many footprints along those roads, some only being the remembrance of those no longer among us but who in spirit still stand side by side and walk with us all so Proudly.