Monday, January 19, 2009

There's rain on my parade

Sometimes its quiet around here because I am not doing anything.

Sometimes it is quiet around here because I am doing to much.

Sometimes it is quiet around here because "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" is in effect.

There is something going on, and I can't write about it. But I'm kinda' pissed off.

I was royally peeved at the election results. As glad as I was about Obama winning, I still felt the sting of Prop 8 passing. I said at the time, "It was like I got everything I wanted for Christmas, and then my house burnt down."

But it's been a few months and I had decided to set that aside and let it go. I was going to sit back and watch the inauguration on TV and enjoy this moment. But something has come up to remind me once again that my life is not equal with everyone else's. It's a government thing. And it's not changing on January 20th. And as pleased as I am with the way the wind is blowing, right now it feels like just that, so much air.

So I am sitting this one out. I wasn't invited to the party. I was told to use a different entrance. And the drinking fountain offered to me looks a lot less shiny than the one they offered everyone else. The door to "change" has been opened. Now instead of standing around talking about how nice it is to finally feel a breeze, could we please line up and start walking through? I'm sick of waiting.


The T-Dude said...

I actually thought of you during the swearing in. With all the reference to equality, I wondered how you folks in Cali were feeling.

Remember, it took a constant, decades long fight to win the victory that Obama celebrated today. It took tragic events, martyred leaders, and a commitment to continue despite seemingly unassailable bigotry and racism.

And we will continue to fight. That is what people on the side of love and honor and dignity do.

Carolyn said...

I love you and I am sorry for all the rain. It's sad when a group of narrow minded bigots can have the power to hold back positive change

jason said...

I keep thinking, "well, I could be *so* much worse"...but I know, that's cold comfort.

dit said...

I completely understand what you are saying. My better half and I were on the sofa when Obama mentioned Gays in his message. We looked at each other and said, how wonderful it is to even be mentioned and it not be in a negative reference. Anyway, California is supposed have another verdict out early in the year. So, get your rest Jim, we may need to go a-marching again.

Also, I would encourage everyone to go to
www.whitehouse. gov. Under the section labeled “agenda” check out “civil rights.”

Among the highlights:

Call for passage of Trans-inclusive ENDA.

Call to expand Hate Crimes statutes.

Call for Repeal of DOMA.

Support for Full Civil Unions and Federal Benefits for Same-Sex Couples.

Call for Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Ensure Adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of sexual orientation.

So . . . my friend. There is still hope. Hang in there my friend.