When Do We Get to be Proud of Freedom?

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June is Pride Month. I think a lot of people don’t understand the point of “pride.” It’s not arrogance. Pride in the sense of gay pride is simply the opposite of shame.

I’m not ashamed of who I am; I’m proud of who I am.

And even though this month we celebrate not being ashamed, we must remember that we are still, nonetheless shamed. Freedom to Marry reminds us of the struggles we still face.

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And amongst all our partying during these summer months, our historic struggle toward freedom will progress.

Next week, Judge Walker will hear the closing arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the case of Proposition 8. In preparation for these arguments, Walker issued questions to the lawyers to guide their arguments. (Read more about these questions here and here.)

Truly, these questions and closing arguments bring the discussion of marriage equality to a new forefront of public discourse. Questions of tradition. Questions of discrimination. Questions of equality. Next week, we take a stand for our rights as people and as citizens.

While we must celebrate our individuality and self-respect, we must also continue to work against those who still wish to shame us and indignify us.

Stay tuned to these important proceedings. Share them with your friends. Remember that pride isn’t just about parades; it’s about the march toward true freedom.

(Click below to visit my archive of posts related to the trial to catch up on what you may have missed.)

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  • Buffy says:

    My wife* and I attended SF Pride in June 2008.  We were ecstatic and celebrating the fact that our right to marry had been recognized.    The parade and Pride festivities centered around that fact.   It was an amazing, exciting, wonderful time.
     
    We haven’t attended a Pride event since.   Each year my wife asks “are we going to go to Pride?”.  I respond, “Meh”, or something like it.   There’s no joy in it anymore, no excitement, no pleasure.   Proposition 8 sucked all of the life out of it for us.    Perhaps things will change, particularly if Perry vs. Schwarzenegger turns out well for us, but for now the wounds are still too raw.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    *Technically we were fiancees at the time since we didn’t actually marry until August, but whatever…

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