It's my hope to post entries here about my life and experiences as a trans-woman who also happens to have bipolar disorder. This is my way of making my voice be heard, and bringing attention to the issues that myself and others like me, face every day.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Pride Month

I thought this video was the perfect way to start my post. To me this shows that president Obama is well worth re-electing this fall. To hear the president of this country so many of us call home encourage us to be hopeful and strong, and recognize and honor those who have fallen in the struggle of equal rights, is enough to bring me to tears. It gives me hope for the future of our cause, and that we may once again set this nation on the right track to peace and prosperity. To be in his position and take the stance he has, I feel takes a lot of courage as well. It is something no president before him has gotten 100% behind, and he continues to make history in doing so. Hope is something this country is terribly in need of, and unlike the policies of his political rivals, his do that. He is a progressive minded politician, and that is something we desperately need.

Just as we needed progressives 100 years ago, we need them today as bad as ever. Conservative minded individuals have systematically taken apart so many of the laws and regulations that were put in place all those years ago, and we are now paying the price for their actions. It's time not just for the LGBT community to speak up and demand change, but for anyone who is fed up with backwards, corrupt, and discriminating government policies. Let this be a symbol of hope to rally behind and throw our full support into re-electing Mr. Obama so that he might continue his work. This is our time to make a difference, to feel like we matter and have a voice. Together we can bring about the change so many of us want to see, and we've got a pretty powerful ally on capitol hill now.

This is the culmination of over half a century of suffrage, and it seems like we are finally breaking ground and moving forward. Our support grows stronger every day, and together we can take a stand against the hate so often directed at us. Let us honor the memory of those who have paved the way, and those who have paid the ultimate price for being themselves. Let us take the lessons of the past to heart and be proud of who we are, and not be afraid to live our lives openly and without fear. Our struggle is far from over, but we must continue the fight. We must press on and continue the work of those who came before us, and ensure they did not fight and die in vain.

To sort of rip off Martin Luther King, my dream is a USA where people are judged by the content of their character, and not by their orientation or gender identity. We ask only for equal protections and opportunities that are afforded to anyone else. I pray that I live to see the day where this becomes a reality, and for once I'm starting to think that I just might. We have come so far, and we will go even farther in the coming years. One step at a time we will move forward, and we will over come the tide of oppression that has held us back for so long. Speak out, and make your voice count. Live your life to the fullest and be true to yourself. Do these things not because they are easy, but because they are often times hard, and the harder the fight, the sweeter the victory will be.

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