It's important to be able to affirm ourselves as having certain basic human rights regardless of our sexual
orientation, race, color, creed, cultural or ethnic origins.
As a lesbian who has been out for over 37
years, I have come to understand the need for each of us to exist in Dignity and Respect.
Twenty-five years ago I had the privilege
to be a featured performer as part of Hartford, Connecticut's first Lesbian-Gay
Pride Day March and Celebration! We all knew, as we took to the streets and stood on the stage that day that we were taking
a tremendous risk. Our numbers were few in comparison to the many hundreds and thousands who typify today's Pride Marches! But each of us understood, as it is so even today, that for
each of us making a stand that day, there were hundreds of thousands more who could not yet be visible - to protect their
jobs , their children, their partners, themselves. We knew we were marching for all of us. It was an exciting time!
It takes no less courage to stand up and
be counted today. Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered Persons are still working for equality where we work, where
we live, where we worship (as we choose). Today, more than ever, we must stand together in Unity, not just amongst ourselves,
but as a key component of the Human Family.
I offer these links and resources that they
may be a beginning for my LGBT family, wherever they are in their own sense of self-discovery or affirmation. Thanks! Deb
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