Sunday, June 28, 2009

Stonewall's Legacy

. . . I came out as a lesbian a decade after Stonewall. I was 27 and scared to death. My greatest hopes were that I could live openly without being fired, shunned by my family or beaten to death by someone. I didn’t expect society to treat me with decency. The possibility of being able to marry was beyond imagining. Today a new generation — the second to come of age since Stonewall — thinks my old dreams are inadequate, and they’re right. These heirs of 1969 expect nothing less than full equality. The patrons of the Stonewall Inn would be proud.
~ Diane Silver, a journalist/political activist, who now writes from Lawrence, Kansas the nationally syndicated column, Political IQ. Visit her blog: In This Moment


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