Something I thought of. I hope it touches and helps someone today.
I know partners of people who are famous and haven’t come out yet know what they have gotten themselves into and they are okay with not being recognized, or so they say. I just watched an acceptance speech given by Robin Roberts from maybe last year sometime.
As she spoke, she spoke of her Christian, biological sister, whom I believe is a great example of what a Christian should be, she loves her sister no matter what, she spoke of her daughter (I think she said), her GMA family, her ESPN family, as she used to work for ESPN and she never spoke of her long time girlfriend who we all know to be Amber Laign now. I watched her and that had to hurt both of them to live in a society that would allow her to speak to America as an African American and a woman, but not as a lesbian African American woman. Her girlfriend smiled and she smiled, while no one watching knew who the lady sitting between her family members was. So Robin was only allowed to be half of what she really is. That means we are still where we were decades ago when African Americans were not considered whole human beings.
What kind of world is it when only a certain group of people can acknowledge their loved one, only a certain group can marry, divorce, commit adultery? What kind of world is it when only one group of people are made to feel safe to hug and kiss in public, hold hands, walk down the street and more?
I will tell you. It is a world that was on the wrong side of history. The fact that America is changing and people like Robin Roberts, Anderson Cooper and more are opening doors for others is awesome.
It is a world that is trying to right it’s wrong. You can have an opinion, as we all do, but to try and stymie the progress is just wrong and ignorant. Progress and opened doors never hurt anyone and never will. Two law abiding, consenting adults in a relationship is not a threat to anything or anyone in society.
Corretta Scott King said once “Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood,” King stated. “This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next minority group.” – Chicago Defender, April 1, 1998, front page.