All in all, it’s been a good week for us.
With President Obama in the White House (and finally President rather than President-Elect Obama), I finally feel like there’s an ally for LGBT rights in the White House. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new White House website yet, visit this page and scroll down to the section on LGBT rights. President Obama is calling for a repeal of DOMA and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, civil unions affording LGBT partners the same legal rights and privileges that married couples enjoy, and a pledge to fight hate crimes and workplace discrimination. I know that what lies ahead won’t be easy, but I feel that our voices will be heard in this new era that was so dramatically ushered in on Tuesday.
If you missed the inspirational words of Bishop Gene Robinson, who kicked off Sunday’s We Are One concert with an invocation, you can read it here or view it here. Unfortunately, many people missed it, as HBO’s coverage of the concert, though available to all cable TV subscribers, didn’t include the invocation. You can view reactions to that here or even add your own.
In the meantime, consider what you can do in the weeks and months ahead to help advance LGBT rights. Encourage your family and friends to join Atticus Circle to keep up-to-date on our calls to action. Wear a T-shirt that encourages discussion of these vitally important issues. We are in what could be a pivotal era for the advancement of LGBT rights — but it won’t happen if we sit idly by and wait for change. This week’s inauguration is the end result of a campaign that involved millions giving time, energy, and money to turn “Yes We Can” into “Yes We Will.”