Thursday, November 6, 2008

Backlash to the passage of Prop 8  

I'm ecstatic to hear that GLBT people and their allies are not taking this attack on their civil rights lying down.

Around 1,000 people gathered together on the streets of Los Angeles and West Hollywood, and before the night was through, the crowd swelled to more than 4,000. They blocked traffic, held signs, carried candles, chanted, and banged on doors. Police used force against some who participated in rally, but as far as I know, no one was seriously hurt. Mostly, the rally was peaceful, which is amazing to me. It takes a lot of strength and willpower to remain "peaceful" after your fellow citizens have robbed you of your rights.

Californian same-sex couples and their friends must be fucking pissed. I know I am. Take a look at the photo that accompanies the first article I linked above. How in the world are those people so happy? Is it because they still have an entire group of people to oppress? Because thousands of couples who love each other aren't able to celebrate that love like heterosexual couples are? Because GLBT people and their allies all over the country are devastated? Yeah. Lots to celebrate.

All I can is: thank you so much to the brave people in California who participated in this protest.

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win" - Mahatma Gandhi.

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1 comments: to “ Backlash to the passage of Prop 8

  • November 7, 2008 at 11:11 AM  

    I know, that image of people celebrating Prop 8 made me sick. To be so excited that someone else's rights were violated? Disgusting. Why are people so convinced that this actually affects them? If you're not gay and looking to wed, then it's not your concern.