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  •  And not to forget! (5+ / 0-)

    Goddess help me, I'm running on, but I wanted to add that not only did out lesbians and gay men engineer this massive social change, we did it despite all the organizational and social contentiousness that seemed to drive different parts of the queer community apart.

    Despite the feuds, organizational disagreements, and frequent social segregation, we STILL did it.  

    Important as organizing is, the success of this movement shows the power of personal engagement and one-to-one activism above all, the radical activism of being who you are.

    We were the change we wanted, and that made all the difference.

    OK, I'm done.

    A slower bleed-out is not a sustainable value.

    by MrJayTee on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:41:22 AM PDT

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    •  And I will add my standard plug: Out as MARRIED (6+ / 0-)

      is the next step.  

      It's easy now, and normal, to say "my significant other ... my sweetie ... my partner ... my spouse".  Nobody even flinches.  But there is a value to asserting "my wife".   People DO flinch, and I find it much harder to say.  And that's exactly how I know it's worth making the effort.  

      Partly, I supposed, hearers become momemtarily disoriented as they work out whether I am claiming legal rights which in our state don't exist.  But our Candadian marriage license would confer those rights no problem if it weren't for injustice.  

      Keep on keeping on.  Keep on Coming Out.  It's working.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Wed May 22, 2013 at 12:11:26 PM PDT

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      •  I like your standard plug. (2+ / 0-)
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        lgmcp, Tennessee Dave

        Whip it out any time.

        A slower bleed-out is not a sustainable value.

        by MrJayTee on Wed May 22, 2013 at 12:20:54 PM PDT

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        •  No matter what number you have, you can... (0+ / 0-)

          always add to it.

          There is NO largest number.

          Is that therefore greater than science or religion? ;o)

          --UB.

          "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

          by unclebucky on Thu May 23, 2013 at 05:08:34 PM PDT

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