There is so much that is wrong in the world and it's easy to be either complacent or cynical, to not care or to think things beyond hope. Effecting change is hard work, work it's tempting to leave to others. But the very least, the bare minimum that one can do is at least support those who seek to make the world a better place by joining in, standing up to be counted, and raising one's voice in unison with others. That's why I'm going to Washington, DC this weekend for the National Equality March. Not because I think it alone will wipe away all the hatred and oppression of lesbians and gay men and transgendered people in the United States. I'm not nearly that naïve. But this march is merely the beginning and the bare minimum of what we in this community need to do.
We need to make noise, be it on the phone talking to our representatives — yes, they're our representatives too just as surely as we pay taxes too — or in the streets or in the schools or in the workplace or in our families and among our friends. We each need to do this until this country wakes up to the fact that we are every bit as entitled to the same protections and responsibilities and, yes, respect that our straight friends, coworkers and family members take for granted.
We need to sensitize the people in our lives to stop hurting us by thinking our love somehow less than theirs, by voting for candidates who continue to maintain a body of tax and family law that oppresses us, by talking a lot about tolerance when what they should be doing is practicing respect. This is, sadly, a lifelong amount of work for anyone in the LGBT community who cares enough to want to change all our lives for the better. And it's work that won't get done simply sitting at home in front of the TV or going to a dance club all the while cynically putting down the efforts of well-meaning and hard-working lesbians and gay men to make a change. So this march isn't sufficient. But it sure beats sitting at home doing nothing and just feeling like a victim. Well-behaved and quiet people never effected any change worth a damn in this country's history. It's time to get vocal. That's why I'm going to Washington, DC and that's why I'm going to keep hammering away at issues that matter to this community until we gain full equality.