My words begin as the sun declares itself through the window, quiet in its approach, luminous in its offering.
In 1997, Ellen DeGeneres revealed her gayness before a speculative world. It seems incredible such detail could consume talk shows and newscasts, and provide fodder for denunciation, but come out, she did. Ellen wasn’t the first, but she risked her show as collateral. It took courage to utter the words.
In 1952, Christine Jorgensen generated homo-conversation when the New York Daily News ran the story of her crossing gender lines. The story exploded across an astounded world. Christine does count as the first, and it took courage to declare her identity.
There are pockets of life where an out lgbtq person might face difficulty even today, but the number dwindles with each new sprung closet door. Politics would be such a place, where opportunistic politicos stand ready to pounce, free with their exploitation and denunciations of the rights of others.
Yesterday, President Obama, who over the past year dismantled Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and stopped the Justice Department from enforcing the Defence of Marriage Act, announced his support for same sex marriage.
Some believe he erred, even as they sympathise. They believe he risks the election for want of sticking up for the rights of a minority, but it took courage. At a time when his opponent waffles on every issue extant, on the day after 34.38% of the North Carolina voting population banned homosexual couples from marriage and all couples from civil unions, President Obama stood up and made his view known. He took a huge political risk, and only time will tell whether it helps or hurts him. If he eschews defence for offence, if he takes the message forward and articulates, it will be a big plus.