Blog Posts from February 2010
At just past 3:30 on the day of the O’Donnabhain decision, Tuesday, February 2nd, we heard yelling coming from the legal wing of GLAD’s office. “We won! We won!” Though everyone had been waiting for this decision for 2 ½ years, the news was at first too general, too random. We won? Who is we? And what was won?
The reality of my early sports career in junior high and high school placed me as both a valued athlete and an object of anti-gay jokes and slurs. At that age, I had yet to embrace “gay” as my identity, yet my lack of machismo fueled doubt about my heterosexuality. Severe harassment, taunts, and a general climate of anti-gay attitudes hindered any possibility of coming out, and I would selectively participate only on teams I perceived as less hostile. Unable to seek recourse from my coaches or teammates, I continued to struggle both on and off the playing field, failing to answer my athletic potential.
It’s not just Uncle Sam - GLAD wants you to take part in the 2010 census!
This is an historic opportunity to show who we are as families. For the first time, the census will count married same-sex couples, in addition to counting same-sex couples living in the same household.
(Excerpted from the ABA Family Advocate)
As Justice Ginsburg famously noted in 1996, the history of our constitution is the history of extending constitutional protections to those who were once ignored or excluded from American society. [United States v. Virginia, 518 U.S. 515 (1996)]. That journey to citizenship is well under way for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans as well.