Omar talks: (I’m Omar)
The LGBT rights struggle is far from over.
Today, someone shared a photo of a gay couple’s marriage certificate. I do not know them, but I am happy for them. They got to get married in New York. The photo of the certificate was followed with the following message: “Here is the document! The real and legal marriage document. It is no simple thing. This document carries the sacrifice of Stonewall, the men and women who marched, the politicians, the clergy, the men in drag. It is, for me and in my life, the culmination of gay rights movement. I cherish this document with pride and gratitude. Thank you to all of those who worked for it. My heart is ever grateful.”
Certainly it is an inspiring message. But why I am talking about this? Because the part of: “the culmination of gay rights movement”. NO. It is not the culmination. This happily couple live in the state of South Carolina where their document is somehow invalid. We (or at least, I) will keep on the fight. It should be LGBT rights nationwide. Full equality… as simply as it sounds. We need more laws protecting all the United States citizens. In my opinion, if by the exciting events regarding equality in our nation will gave us the message of “no need to keep on fighting” then we will be defeated.
I will be selfish if I just say, “Oh well, I am a single man, so marriage equality doesn’t affect me”. Having full equality in our nation will keep open more doors. There will be people whom will opposed to, but having more laws to protect the Gay, lesbian, queer, transgender, bisexual, and intersex community it certainly create a more conscious, educated and respectful society. More in depth, our future generations will live in a secure and free society.
Let’s think of how many people across the nation where there are no rights at all to protect them. They are happy to live where they are and again, they deserve the same rights as us. We often say “We the gays are a big family” So let’s watch over our family members and let’s keep the fight.
Have a gay day!
All my love.
Omar Alvarado. Queer activist. Human rights activist.
PS As always, thankful to the allies for their support.