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The American Dream, Yes We Can — “You Can’t”: a Poem in Video

February 10, 2011 By: jaysays Category: Featured, Thought of the Gay

When I was a child, patriotism rested in the hope that I can be whatever I choose to be.  I could become anything I dreamed of becoming.  I could live as I wished to live because I was in the land of the free and the home of the brave.  In those sentiments, I found the American Dream.

This feeling of patriotism that hope bestowed upon me sung loudly in the words of now President Barack Obama:

Yes we can to justice and equality. Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity. Yes we can heal this nation. Yes we can repair this world. Yes we can.  – Barack Obama

Sadly, the reality isn’t the dream .  Our President tells us “Yes we can,” but our laws and country tell us, “You can’t.”  Why?  Because some feel they have the right to take away our American Dream.  They believe that they are the righteous and moral and we, the LGBTQ community, are less than and undeserving.  They believe and even teach that our families are not the families that deserve the same rights and privileges of their families because we are “different.”

Yes we can, but “You Can’t”:

Thank you to the young woman who created this video.  You are speaking your truth and people should hear it.

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