Wednesday, June 17, 2015

#ITLQBM – MARRIAGE EQUALITY - WE WON!

Intersectionality Through the Lens of a Queer Black Man

Jim Obergefell and I













WE JUST WON THE RIGHT TO MARRY IN ALL FIFTY STATES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!


As long as I have been involved in the SGL-BT/LGBT community (15 years by my count) I have wanted the right to marry if I so choose. As the 2000s and 2010s have progressed we have made strides in taking down same sex marriage bans in about 37 states due to the outcome of  Windsor v United States. One may say that as a Black man this does not benefit me, YES IT DOES, as I sit in Texas where a ban is still in effect, I have to enlighten you. The ban in Texas specifically has language that prohibits the recognition of same sex relationships period, not just marriage. In other words, in the eyes of the law we do not exist. Then came Deleon v Perry which saw our ban struck down and stayed pending a ruling from the Supreme Court.case Obergefell v Hodges. Over time, I have done little things, sometimes bigger things to be part of the process to gain the right for recognition and marriage.

This set of pictures are from February 13 of this year when we went to ask for marriage liscenses at the Harris County Court House in downtown Houston which was followed by a march to Houston City Hall ended with a rally. #MarriageEqualityMarch








I do have a question for the readers of this post, HOW MANY PEOPLE OF COLOR DO YOU SEE IN THE ENTIRE SET OF PHOTOS? We gotta do better, there is always room for more people to fight for the rights of all!