We celebrated Pride this past weekend. Pride was celebrated in South Dakota for the first time in 2003 with a celebration at Mount Rushmore. I was one of the organizers of that event and the emotions of that event are still with me to this day.
Pride celebrations cause a lot of controversy. People want to know why there is not a heterosexual pride celebration. Heterosexuals already have equal rights while those of us in the LGBTQ community have been fighting for those same rights all our lives.
Pride is a wonderful way to remind the community that we are here and we are not going anywhere. While the parties and parades and after parties are a lot of fun, we have to remember that the fight for equality is a daily fight and not a yearly fight. Those of us who organize, protest, write letters to the editor and our representatives, we are a minority. We need that pride feeling 365 days a year so that the country knows we deserve to have equal rights. We deserve to marry and divorce just like heterosexuals. We deserve to make medical choices for our spouses. We deserve to pay taxes as a couple and reap those tax benefits that are available to those that are married. We deserve to adopt, have children, adopt our spouse's children. We deserve everything that heterosexual married couples enjoy along with the heart break.
So I ask you. Yes, you who believe like I believe. Get involved. Be the change you want to see in the world. Sign a petition. Join a group. Send a letter. Go to a protest. Donate your money. Donate your time.
We in South Dakota would love to have George Takei come to Rapid City to speak. George Takei is an inspiration. Did you know he came out at the age of 70? That takes bravery. George Takei celebrates pride 365 days a year because he knows that you have to live proud to fight. We have a petition on Change.org that we would love for you to sign and share.
Click on http://bit.ly/ohhmyySD sign the petition and share it with your friends. Ask them to share it too. And remember. Celebrate Pride 365!