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Celebrating life, liberty, and equality

Life, Liberty, Equality
Life, Liberty, Equality

“I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.” – Thomas Paine

The LGBTQ community has won many battles already. However, there is always someone or something that emerges to remind them that the war still yet to win. There are still people who forget that one’s sexual preferences and orientations are completely divorced of who you are as a human being. There are still people who decide to use their time and effort to act as guardians of a self-defined social morality in a way that not only affects those who de jure and de facto attack, but also society at large.

After witnessing an immense amount of campaigns about equality, love, and respect, is somehow implausible that there still are some who believe that are entitled to have the power to control how people have to socially behave. Laws, rules and regulations that are made with the intention of controlling who can eat where and when, and who can play what, when and where, are paternalistic in nature, and are therefore a major threat to our democratic system, principles, and values. And to use religion to legitimize their reasons and arguments to discriminate in such a hideous way, is more than atrocious is disrespectful to religion itself.

However, not everything is bad news. And no news is bad news. There are those who also stand up to injustices and inequalities. Who challenge the structures of power seeking to contribute to the idea of a better world. The increase of members of the LGBTQ community in political matters and issues of public concern, as well as the increase in resources for different issues that this diverse community may encounter, denotes an increase in a social acceptance that we are all equally different. For example, D.C. is one of the few states in the nation that counts with an Office of GLBT Affairs. The office possesses a Community Outreach program, which seeks to participate in as many community events as possible. On March 21, with the presence of Mayor Vincent Gray, the office presented the city’s 2014 Sheroes of the Movement Award to three women who were selected for their outstanding contributions to the “LGBT movement and community” in D.C. In the same way, there is the Metro DC's LGBT Community Club in D.C. The same was founded by TJ Flavell in September 2008 with the goal of increasing friendship, leadership, and service, and fosters gay community spirit. Not only that, according to Clarence Williams, the D.C. Police Chief, Cathy L. Lanier, recently acknowledged the lack of success in the department’s task of “building strong bonds with gay men and lesbians and victims of hate crimes” and the need for more and better training “in relation to LGBT issues and victims of hate crimes.”

As we can see, not everything is bad news. And no news is bad news. Culture is not a static concept. But instead, a dynamic phenomenon that can be change with small decisions made by individuals every single day. If we all make a small daily effort to treat others better, we would eventually become better in what we do, and who we are, and eventually everything would be better. Because no matter how things are, they can always be worst and they can always be better. The aim should be always in direction to what is better and what make us better. Celebrate life every day. As Go Gay D.C. says, “celebrate pride every day!”