Sunday, June 24, 2012

Happy Pride

Today marks the culmination of Pride Week here in Chicago, and Adam and I are having our friends over to watch the big parade that happens at the end of our block.
At last year's Pride Parade with old and new friends
While it's a lot of fun to wear bright, rainbow colors and watch go-go boys dance on floats, we still recognize that LGBTQ people in this country don't have a lot of the rights that we have simply because we are in a heterosexual relationship. We aren't subjected to taunts when we walk down the street holding hands. We can't get fired from our jobs for being in a relationship. We can get married, and when we get married, we will be afforded over 1,000 rights along with the labels of husband and wife.

We have gay friends and family members who will be attending our wedding, some of whom will be participating in the wedding in various roles, and we don't want them to feel excluded by our celebration.* We've deliberately chosen readings and songs devoid of language defining marriage as between a man and a woman. I plan to attach a white knot to my bouquet, and mail in a strongly worded letter with my marriage certificate.

But my wedding day is only one day of my life. Every other day, I try to stand up for LGBTQ rights by making charitable donations, volunteering my time, voting for supportive candidates, writing letters to elected officials, and generally being open-minded and accepting.

Happy Pride, everyone. Here's hoping that the day is coming when all love will be treated equally.

*If you are interested, there are a lot of other things you can do at your wedding to show that you support marriage equality.

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