Don’t ask, don’t tell has been repelled.
No so long ago in the company of several other advocates toward LGBT changes visited our representative, several other counties and their representative and our senator. As well, we never ceased to place calls or sent e-mails to all members of our government that were against consideration and legislation of two particular bills introduced by our supporters. Like many others, I had a very strong feeling that this past presidential election was not only an opportunity to achieve our desired goals; as well, the election itself, was a sign of people’s desires for changes. Many more others called us dreamers and as well, nuts. They said our fight had no grounds in this country, in this society and in their religious beliefs. They even accused many of us being a threat to well established for centuries moral standards. Mainstream called us a threat to their children and the future of this nation. We almost stoically endured all opposition and challenging. We knew having a legitimate goal and for the best of all. How could they dare to say things like that or deny true freedom and integration to others that are not like them? Yet nothing less loving and respectful even of those that despise and discriminate them. We knew the true answer to the question, starting by opening the shades of the bigots eyes. Starting by talking about these issues and removing the veil of fear and ignorance. To let them see that we, the nuts and weirdos, are members too - of the core component - that makes the fabric of this nation. In the very same way they are.
It wasn’t easy to anyone involved to keep going and trying. The premise of defeat was always there. We knew we were just a handful of fighters representing so many others and one day we’d succeed. We knew in time, perhaps others will join us to produce those changes that don’t come by themselves but constant efforts. We understood the fears and concerns of those that preferred to remain closeted and get no involvement in our cause. Today, I believe a great example has been set for good. Many of us, perhaps all, will celebrate that gay people no longer have to hide in secrecy to be part of the armed forces. The forces that protect our freedom and peace. We hope as well, that those 12, 500 removed for being different and showed their pride then, can join again their call and continue their chosen career, their chosen path. However, that is another story.
We are not done yet. We still have right in front of our noses a few more changes. Same gender marriage and to protect and enforce civil rights for transgender brothers and sisters. Yet the good news is that today, we know it pays off to fight for what we believe and what we deserved. On that note, I want to invite you to become part of this battle. Join your local agencies, and volunteer with anything you can. Pitch in, donate some of your yearly earnings to the agency of your choice. Become involved! However, do it now. Again, this past election, wether you approve or not of our chosen president, shows there is a chance. He came to address many needed changes and he’s worked as much as we had in bringing what is needed to produce those changes. Do it for yourself, do it for others, take the initiative. Pitch in.
We have another great reason to celebrate this holiday of gathering even more. Lets start the upcoming year with a dedicated and sound effort to make each of us proud of being whom we are. Get involved in making a historical change. A change that makes our nation and lives a better one. Who knows, perhaps no long after, the rest of the world will follow suit.
Happy Holidays and a terrific and fulfilling 2011 to all of you.
Sincerely, Isis Win