(c) July 2013
“It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.”
Harvey Milk, in a 1973 speech during his first unsuccessful run for supervisor
It’s another 4th of July and I like other Americans across the USA are gathering with family and friends to burn some meat slug a few beers and to shoot off a few fireworks. I don’t know why this year is different for me, but it is. I suppose its being more politically aware than I ever been before. I have friends who were part of the Occupy Salt Lake City movement, I watch as women in Texas stand in protest for the right to control their bodies and at last we have the Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act.
I am more aware than ever before, that our right to freedom, our right to independence are battles fought everyday by everyday people; people like you, people like me. Everyday, I make choices that can make a difference. When I heard that DOMA had at last been overturned I cried. I cried for my family and friends who can taste the freedom that I have always enjoyed. So today as I celebrate independence day, I am going to lift my beer bottle high and I am going to truly celebrate. This year with heartfelt intent I’m going to give a toast for the filibusters, the occupiers and the activists who make my freedom possible.