Wednesday, October 11, 2017

National Coming Out Day

It’s National Coming Out Day—♫ ♪ Come out Come Out Wherever You Are ♪ ♫—and even though we have a lying hypocritical bigoted homophobe in the White House who is working to push us back into the closet, not only are we not going, but today, today, a permanent Rainbow flag will fly on federal land when it is hoisted above the Stonewall National Monument in Manhattan.

The flag—which will be maintained by the National Park Service—will be raised at noon today, which just happens to also be the 30th anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for LGBT. On that day hundreds of thousands of LGBT Americans and our allies called for an end to discrimination and more federal funding for AIDS research and treatment. That was also the first time the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt was unfurled and displayed on the National Mall with 1,920 panels covering a space larger than a football field to commemorate those who had died.

Gilbert Baker, who created the original rainbow flag in 1978, passed away this year at the age of 65 so this is a fitting tribute to him as well:
“The rainbow is a part of nature, and you have to be in the right place to see it. It’s beautiful, all of the colors, even the colors you can’t see. That really fit us as a people because we are all of the colors… we are all the genders, races and ages.”
So, while we watch as those in charge seek to deny us equality, and make us feel less than, let’s take a moment and realize that we have come this far, and we may still have a ways to go, but not even this Bigot-In-Chief will stop us.

The march goes on ... so, if you haven't already done so, come on out already!

6 comments:

mistress maddie said...

And we will be stronger in numbers to. We had a great Outfest this year in Philadelphia. And the politicians were taking notes I hope.

the dogs' mother said...

Yes, please note ______ and vp - you are on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of morality.

Leeanna Henderson said...

Rainbows are beautiful, especially on days like today. I'm hoping that soon #45 Moron and his lackeys will vacate the Whitehouse and someone with morals and values will take over and things will be normal again like when Obama was there.

anne marie in philly said...

I love all my out friends!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

A real rainbow-letter day!

Frank said...

Apparently there are efforts afoot to deny the Rainbow Flag a permanent place on "Federal" land. They seem to be re-drawing the map to make sure the FLAG is outside of Federal boundaries...or to prevent it from being there at all. I'm certain they will try to close the Stonewall National Monument altogether if they can. (http://www.towleroad.com/2017/10/trump-stonewall/)