Today I read the Boy Scouts of America might lift their national ban on homosexuals. Individual troops will still be free to discriminate against gay children, but there will no longer be a national policy. As a boy I was forced to join this weird organization, where I learned to sew, wear sashes, and lie about helping old ladies in order to earn a badge. I have no idea why anyone would want to be a member of this peculiar group, but this news makes me smile.
For thousands of years, to openly admit you were gay risked not only your standing in the community, but often your life. You were either strung up, shunned, ridiculed, or simply cast off. But things are shifting. The Internet allows millions to mobilize at the first sign of bigotry. Companies and CEOs are realizing they cannot survive if they publicly discriminate. There will be backlash. They’ll lose sponsors, customers, and the almighty coin.
Obviously, we still have a long way to go, but this is progress. This is change. In modern America, you can be openly gay, but you can no longer be an open bigot.
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Today I posted the tale of my wife and I having our first threesome. It was ridiculous and possibly a little funny, but I can’t help but feel it was too trivial for the day.
This morning our President said these words: “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall…” he said. “It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
I don’t care if you like our President or not. These words are not just letters strung together in a speech; this is the compassion of nation reaching into the hearts of the marginalized and the ostracized. We will always have bigotry. We will always have those unwilling to accept, to love, to embrace… But so long as we cast light into the darkness, then this nation will never be lost.
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