I watched President Obama’s speech and I cried. These words he said, “Stonewall” and “gay brothers and sisters,” rang in my ears, traveled to my heart and emerged through the tears streaming from my eyes.
From the podium of the most powerful came words that said my family exists and I exist. Yes, it is just a bully pulpit and not the law of the land. But that vision, that inclusion, can never be unsaid.
Later, SOS and I watched the speech togather. Because I needed him to hear, as millions of others heard, that we are equal.
Because he needs to know that for most of the population over 30 years old, the president’s remarks were as significant as Dr. King’s words were to his generation. And he needs to understand that for his mothers, this was, unexpectedly, a day of validation, hope and pride. Because we have lived through so much and we have seen so much and had our hopes of equality dashed so many, many times.
And we need SOS to understand where we’ve been so he can guide us and forgive us our hardened exteriors and paranoia. And maybe, just maybe, he will walk with us into a new era of equality and then, only then, will his mothers’ hell slowly go by….
Whatever happens next: God bless you, Mr. President. Even if only for a day, today, TODAY, you made our dreams seem within reach. God bless America.