Staying motivated is often the most difficult thing when it comes to LGBT activism and human rights generally. The odds are against us, yet we cannot lose. Losing is not an option in this battle because every time those that propagate hatred against us are victorious, they gain power. We may loss battles, but we cannot lose the war. Why? Our lives are at stake. This is not an issue of marriage, it is not an issue of Due Process or Separate But Equal clauses. We have our lives to lose and I believe that my life, and the life of those around me, is worth fighting for.
Yesterday, my hope and motivation faltered. Sometimes, even I lose focus and wander into the land of despair. I start to have terrible thoughts like “we’re going to lose” or “where is everyone else.” I start to feel alone, tired and scared. Especially when the very leadership I call upon doesn’t respond.
Yesterday, you likely heard a loud thud noise. My hopes and dreams of equality slammed to the ground while I browsed local HRC websites in South Texas looking for information on the National DOMA protest for January 10th. I checked every local LGBT organization I could think of – all of their websites – NOTHING. I emailed San Antonio’s HRC over two weeks ago. No response. I contacted the “organizer” in one city (two weeks ago) offering to volunteer – no response. I contacted her again thinking she’s likely busy and missed the email, no response. I also checked Austin’s Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce website which has a calendar of LGBT events – January 10th, nothing listed. I checked San Antonio’s Gay and Lesbian Community Center’s website – not listed. I emailed San Antonio’s Gay and Lesbian Community Center, the email was returned undeliverable. We are relying on these local organizations to lead us – but perhaps it is time that we learn to lead ourselves and to play by our rules.
I was devastated. I looked inward for the answers to the questions that are already starting to roll out into the blogospheres “when, where, how is the DOMA Protest going to work when there is so little information available?” Today, I spoke with a dear friend who I haven’t spoken with in a couple of weeks and she reminded me of the importance of human rights and human dignity. She reminded me that being tired or frustrated is fine, but that if I give up, I lose.
So, as we ring in the new year, I challenge each of my readers to download the letter to Obama and the signature pages [link]. Start obtaining signatures today! Don’t wait for January 10th. Send it to your friends, your neighbors, your family and have them sign it and start getting signatures as well. Have them send it on to their family, friends and neighbors. It is time we each step forward individually and swallow our fear and make a difference. It is time for us to stop waiting for someone to speak out for us and start speaking out for ourselves.
Stand up my LGBT brothers and sisters. Stand up and be counted. Run with me toward victory because victory is our only option.
Instructions for the letter to Obama:
1) Download the letter;
2) Sign the letter;
3) Get others to sign the letter;
Scan it and submit it to the upload page (to be provided by JTI circa January 10) JTI has since stated they want the hard copy of the letter, please mail the original signatures no later than Monday, January 12, 2009 to:
Join The Impact
PO Box 141491
Columbus, OH 43214
If you are a blogger, post this information to your blog. If you have a website, a gay friendly business – anywhere on the web… circulate the information via link or write your own. If you use Digg or Reddit – put this information there. Print multiple copies and take them to your friends. We don’t have to wait until January 10th to gather signatures or sign the letter or to have others sign the letter. We can do this, we can win, we must be victorious!
Remember, a full address is not needed but a zip code is required.