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Last week, the GLAD Legal Assistants travelled to Washington, DC for the Supreme Court argument about marriage equality. Annie Sloan reflects on their experience:
Photos from the marriage equality oral argument at the Supreme Court, April 28, 2015
Thank you for standing with us today, and every day. Together we have told the truth of our lives, and our love - and our quest for respect and dignity for our families cannot be denied.
For most of us, a trip to the DMV is a frustrating and time-consuming inconvenience. For so many transgender people, it can be exercise in futility at best, or worse a humiliating and degrading experience, especially when they try to change the gender on their driver’s license.
Follow coverage of the Supreme Court Argument for Marriage Equality
This case marks a significant legal and cultural moment for the country, capping nearly twenty-five years of legal challenges, grassroots activism, legislative advocacy, and steady change in public opinion in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
At my high school, the Day of Silence was seen as an excuse for the football team to wear t-shirts with cruel slogans written on them and not get in trouble; things like “Adam & Eve, not Adam & Steve” and worse, “Exit, not Entrance” on their backs with arrows pointing down. Needless to say, our school was not the most welcoming to LGBTQ kids.
Data shows what experience and common sense tell us – it’s not easy being an LGBTQ youth in school. When we discuss LGBTQ student issues, we often focus on bullying and harassment by peers. It is equally important to expand the conversation to include bullying and harassment by schools as institutions. Unequal and unjust treatment of LGBTQ students also happens at the systemic level.
GLAD Answers is staffed by volunteers, and the training for new volunteers is happening in May—May 12 & 14 (5:30-9:30pm) and May 16 (9am-4pm).
The real test of a movement is whether it has the vision to imagine an even more just society for everyone, and the tenacity to get it done.