Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Progress, but we still have a lot of work to do.

Now that the military "Don't ask, don't tell" is no more, we have some inspiring stories like this soldier telling his dad that he is gay.

This video reminds us that the implications of homosexuals serving openly in the military go far beyond military tactics to the lives of the some of the most dedicated and honorable Americans.

While this is amazing news, the news of Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year old in Williamsville, New York committing suicide also entered the public consciousness (click here for the news link).  A victim of bullying based on his sexuality, Jamey's suicide continues a heartbreaking trend of teenage suicides related to this type of bullying.

Jamey made an "it get's better" video last May, describing his bullying but also his hope for a better future.

But thing didn't get better and now Jamey is no longer with us.

We're making progress, but we still have a lot of work to do.  Gay marriage, homosexuality and all of the related issues are not topics of discussion for political posturing.  This isn't an issue about "left" or "right," this is an issue about our lives, our friend's lives and the right we all have to live free of prejudice.

Both of these videos make me cry but for very different reasons.  I am proud of the progress we have made as a country, but we're not even close to where we must be, not "in the future" but right now.  

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