Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Can Love Conquer All?

Can dreams come true? Can we break through the glass ceiling? Can love conquer hate?

Perhaps so. In recent years, we've experienced real breakthroughs. Marriage equality continues to win key legal battles and more public support. President Obama recently signed an executive order forbidding federal contractors from engaging in anti-LGBTQ discrimination. And transgender Americans are encounterinf new opportunities along with key civil rights victories.

Earlier this week, artist & activist Laverne Cox reflected on the progress both she and the community at large.

The Virginia and Utah marriage cases are now heading to the US Supreme Court. Bisexual acceptance is on the rise. And even the sports world is progressing.

So why does it feel like we're stuck in a state of inequality? Why is it still OK to dismiss matters of civil rights as "political issues"? Why is it OK to champion "segregation laws"? Why are we still under attack?

Marichuy Gamino is a DREAMer who was thrown into a detention center. She's been kept in a male facility even though she's a transwoman. And now, ICE and the corporation that runs this Arizona detention center refuse to release Marichuy Gamino from this facility, even after she was sexually assaulted there.

Juan Ceballos was allegedly shot by a coworker who didn't want to work alongside a bisexual man any longer. Florida transwoman Yaz'min Shancez was burned to death. Casey Stegall was fired from the Children's Home of Lubbock (Texas) because he's gay.

Can DREAMs come true? Can we break through the glass ceiling? Can love truly conquer all? Perhaps so... But there's obviously still a lot more for us to do. We first must recognize that there's still so much more to do.

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