- Same Sex Marriage is now allowed in 19 US States.
- The first openly gay football player is drafted to the NFL.
- Austrian Drag Queen Conchita Wurst wins 2014's "Eurovision's Song Contest," arguably one of Europe's most watched events.
- Actress Laverne Cox is on the cover of TIME Magazine, bringing to light "America's Next Civil Rights Movement," (see left) and the transgender conversation.
All that just last month....
The biggest conversation though, is with our younger generations. Children and teens will shape the future of civil rights, and no child is ever born with discrimination in their blood. What they learn, they learn from us.
I have loved the video below from the first time I saw it. Even the children admittedly against gay marriage, had no real reason to understand why they would be against it. It was obviously something they had been taught, and not thought on their own. I love seeing them form their own opinions, and mostly, in the favor of equality.
I came out at 14, in a small farming town. I never doubted my families acceptance of me, as I knew they loved me no matter what. I consider a lack of organized religion in my home to be an important factor in me knowing this fact. There was no preaching of judgment in my life, just that of love.
In 1999, I took a boy to my Junior Prom, and in 2000, I was named "Prom Princess" by my Senior Class.
Yes, I got a tiara to complete the look.
The presence of the gay rights movement in the media has helped inspire countless others to be themselves, and share their lives with the world. While we know we have a long way to go, let's take a moment to look at our new age of equality, by celebrating "Gay Prom." Kudos to the kids for being themselves, their parents for supporting them, and their schools and peers for accepting. While we would like to think these things are a given, the sad matter of the fact, is they simply are not. The good news though, is that it only takes the actions of few, to change the lives of many. In this case, very much for the better.