Thursday, October 11, 2007

"Wait" has almost always meant, "Never!"

Philip is 10 years younger than I am, 110% cuter than I am and, as seen in his comment about the removal of the transgender community from ENDA, he is infinitely more intelligent than I am.

Philip suggested that Michael at read Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

I found this passage in that letter that spoke to me with regards to the issue of the inclusion or exclusion of the transgender people in the gay community...

"For years now I have heard the word 'wait!'

"It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity.

"This 'Wait' has almost always meant ';Never.'

"We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that 'justice too long delayed is justice denied.'"

Are gay men and lesbians going to abandon our trans brothers and sisters at this point in our fight for equal rights? We've been struggling for this since 1969.

Do you think that some kind of bizarre SOPHIE'S CHOICE decision of leaving one of our own behind so the rest of us can move ahead will actually make those in power ALLOW us TO move ahead? No, those in power will deny us like always and we will fraction our unique and diverse community.

Alex said it best in her original comment to Michael's post on on 10/9/07...

"Just remember my dear,
it was the Queens that started Stonewall, not the Homos.

"You wouldn’t have a leg to stand on
if it wasn’t for the Trans community."

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