Hey, guys, remember back in the day when LGBTQA+ people couldn't always get married? In some states, they were even full-on banned from it! Weird, huh?
So, here's the thing I think is important to remember. We're not done fighting for LGBTAQ+ equality yet. Not even close, really. The rates at which homosexual (and trans!) people are murdered and commit suicide are staggeringly high. The number of homeless gay youths on the street is unbelievable (in that I literally didn't believe it when I first read it). And especially when you look at these issues cross-sectioned with the problems that women face, and people of color, and every other marginalized group, it becomes clear that marriage is one of the least important things in the lives of most people in this community, compared to issues like how many of them won't have a place to sleep tonight, or anything to eat, or how they can't tell their family who they really are after so many of the ones who have ended up being disowned by their parents, or even worse. I could throw links and numbers with them at you, but I don't have the heart to look up specifics of such depressing facts right now. Maybe later I'll update this post and throw them in.
Yeah. There's still tons and tons of work to do before we achieve true equality for the gay community.
But today's ruling is still so, so important. It is a major victory for us, and it needs to be celebrated, and celebrated a lot.
There's this thing that the most successful actors do. The most successful actors celebrate each and every little victory they achieve, no matter how small it may seem. It's certainly something I try to do as much as I can. Because it's the celebration of these little victories that give us the strength to continue fighting. And those little victories build up, and our self-confidence and willpower keep building, and all of that together is what gives us the ability to win the really big battles, and get the things we really want.
And fighting for LGBTQA+ equality in the US (or anywhere else in the world, for that matter) is exactly the same! Is marriage the most important thing? No. Is it the end goal and now we're done? Not even a little bit. But we needed this win. Because this win is going to be what lets us go on to the next win. And the next.
Fairly short post today, folks. I know I'm not really saying anything new, and I don't even have useful statistics here. But, especially as someone who did a minor in history, I couldn't just ignore such a historic Supreme Court ruling! Particularly one that made me cry. And besides, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito can suck it.
(Hashtags don't even work in blog posts. I just wanted to have it there, anyway.)