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Dept. of Still Work to Do

The "But" in the Marriage Rights Victory

As I rejoiced and happy-danced this morning in the wake of the SCOTUS decision on marriage rights, I was also sadly aware that we have not yet won the battle, not by any stretch of the imagination. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and non-binary people in the United States, especially young people and people of color, still face life and death issues unfairly imposed on them by law, by heteronormative culture, and by us, when we fail to try to change the way things still stand. This is a brief, but pretty clear reminder. 


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masakochan
Jun. 27th, 2015 02:22 am (UTC)
Sad, but true. There are still a good number of states that don't have laws about no discrimination towards LGBT* folks. :(

Edited at 2015-06-27 02:23 am (UTC)
kaffyr
Jun. 28th, 2015 04:28 pm (UTC)
Indeed; I'll still be celebrating Friday's victory for a long time, but I'd like to think that I'm using that joy to energize my continued attention to the other problems.
eaweek
Jun. 27th, 2015 01:06 pm (UTC)
One huge step, but there's still a long way to go.
kaffyr
Jun. 28th, 2015 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yup - we can celebrate the step with a few dance steps of our own, and we can use the joy in the dance to energize our journey toward more victories. (Yeah, the metaphor was a bit mangled, but I think you know what I mean. Heh.)
apostle_of_eris
Jun. 28th, 2015 02:17 pm (UTC)
I'm tired of the response, "I don't have my pony yet, so phooey."
No, getting rid of the "Confederate" flag doesn't perfect the world, but getting more of the world to say, "This is not OK," is an important advance.
No, freedom to marry does leave all sorts of ugly, damaging discrimination in place. But it's a major legal advance AND confirmation of the massive, ongoing social/attitude changes which have been achieved.

Go back to the struggle tomorrow. Celebrate today.
kaffyr
Jun. 28th, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC)
I'm tired of the response, "I don't have my pony yet, so phooey."

In the words of Teh Intarwebz ... wat.

Talking about, and continuing to take action on, the pressing need to prevent the deaths by suicide and murder of trans people and LBGTQ teens is not, I repeat not, the whining of an entitled person upset that they didn't get their present.

Reminding folks that talking about, and continuing to take action on, homelessness, job inequality, or other civil rights and human rights issues, is still necessary, does not equate to raining on this joyous event. It's a reminder, pure and simple. It's not going to interrupt the joy in the least. See my responses to others upthread.

Also, "Go back to the struggle tomorrow. Celebrate today." is exactly what I said two posts back, so, believe it or not, I, too, believe that this is a transcendent victory.
apostle_of_eris
Jun. 28th, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC)
Most likely I was blurring your post with too many others, then. sorry
I'm a little tired of "How can this count when it's not Final Victory?"
kaffyr
Jun. 28th, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about it, and thanks for putting up with my ire.

I'm a little tired of "How can this count when it's not Final Victory?"

Oh, aye! That kind of response is downright Calvinist at base, because it's really saying "I'm afraid that joy will cause bad luck. We can't dance now, or tomorrow, or ever, unless total victory is achieved."

They forget that wars are eventually won through battles that result in joy.
a_phoenixdragon
Jun. 28th, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
True. One victory does not win us the battle, nor the war. But it is a good start!

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Jun. 28th, 2015 09:37 pm (UTC)
It is such a wonderful victory, and I haven't stopped dancing. I just want the energy from this victory to power us into the next successful battle. I think it can do that.

*hugs back*
flowsoffire
Jul. 3rd, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
Very true ♥ Every bit of progress is precious… But some things take time, hard work, and unfortunately much, much pain. Let's keep our chins high, keep hoping and keep holding on to what's right…
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