On June 26th, 2015, at around 10 a.m., I saw on Twitter, "Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality." And at first I could not believe what I was seeing -- has the day finally come? Am I really around to be able to see the USA make history like this? Indeed -- I was right. Now, marriage is legal in all 50 states.
I am an ally to the LGBT community, and I always have been. With many of my friends being openly out since I was a pre-teen, I had accepted them, even when I really did not understand it when I was 12. All I thought was love is love, and I truly did not see the discriminatory acts towards the community until high school. I always went to the Pride Parades in middle school, and I figured everyone accepted them, and clearly I was wrong, but it was a mindset that I kept.
I am 18 years, two months, and six days old -- and this is how I feel. I am forever grateful that most of my family and friends are accepting of the community (although some do not quite understand it thoroughly, but they understand for the most part). I am grateful that I could make a difference to my friends showing I am an ally to them. I am grateful that I live in a society, although it took decades to do, where it is acceptable to marry your loved one, whether they are a transitioning transgender, if they are a couple that has been in a relationship for years, but could not get married due to discriminatory rulings.
This is a day for those people to rejoice and realize LOVE IS LOVE. Today, the LGBTQ family can embrace their loved ones and realize they have won. Through all of the things they have been through for years, they can go to bed feeling safe. They can close their eyes, and say "My future isn't controlled by the bias of our country, but by my love."
So, this is for the community. I am PROUD to be an ally and I am ready to see the progress in not only the United States, but worldwide. This is one step to justice that I honestly did not think I would see in my lifetime, but now that I can say I saw it. This really makes me think that anything can happen. With the bias of our country ruling so many injustices, I was nervous. I can admit I did not think I was going to see this day, and to be a member of this amazing nation -- we did it. We proved, persevered, protested, rioted and showed grace and humility throughout our nation, and we can finally say our nation is on the right track for the real Justice For All.
This one is for the LGBT community and I am proud to say I am a part of this! The sun has came out in Boston, after a cloudy, cold, rain-filled morning and if that is not a sign I do not know what is. To anyone who will disown me after this post, feel free. #LoveIsLove