In my 25 years of life as an American I can say that I’ve witnessed events that will live in history books; 9/11, our first minority president, and the legalization of gay marriage.
Almost immediately upon hearing the news I got a call from a close friend of mine who is a gay man. He was excited for the news but also dismayed at the response he received from his father who like many older men in America, just don’t understand the need for equality. My friend’s father said, “You guys make such a fuss over nothing. Now you’re just like everybody else.” And in his confusion he solved the conundrum over marriage inequality. For a very long time the laws in the United States have stopped humans from being humans.
In the center of the civil rights movement there was Jim Crow. Laws that prevented black folks from marrying white folks. Eventually Jim Crow was outlawed but it would be 50 more years before another oppressed group of people would see the same choice given to them. Today marks the day that those within the LGBT community in America can legally marry whomever they damn well please and as a woman of color whose grandparents once didn’t have that choice, I feel deep in my heart the joy and relief that this decision has cast upon many.
Living in New York City, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, I’ve had the pleasure of befriending some of the most amazing people, some of whom are gay, lesbian, and transgender. To share this moment in history with them is an honor. It’s been too long and yet there is still a longer road to travel for the equality of every American but still I rejoice because the United States is on a lot of lists, but at least this list is something we can actually be proud of.