To be homosexual in America has not been easy. You might say I don't know what I'm talking about because I am not gay myself, but in that you would be wrong. Growing up with a mostly Californian life, I've come to know a good many people whose lives were incomplete because of their sexuality.
A girl who faced rape threats by high school boys on a nearly daily basis, until finally it happened with someone she called a "friend."
A boy who at 13 discovered he looked beautiful in lip gloss and mascara, only to get beat to bits in the boys locker room before getting a black eye from his religious mother.
A boy who was so afraid to admit his bisexuality that he joined a church and joined gay-opposing political groups.
I myself witnessed hate as well. When I was in high school I went to Washington D.C. to give a speech about gay rights. My room mates accused me of attempting to molest them, nobody sat next to me on the bus or at meal times, and a teacher called my mother to inform her that I am a lesbian. All because I stood up for a cause I believed my generation needed to hear about.
The Battle Has Been Won! It's Finally Over!
For much too long America has been separating "the gays" from "everyone else," but all of that is about to change now. On June 26th, 2015 the United States Supreme Court came to a final conclusion that gay and lesbian couples can marry just like everybody else - IN ALL 50 STATES! Finally our friends and neighbors can go into the world with the law on their side! True, it may still take years before the haters catch on, but I do believe the day will come in our lifetime.
And as many movements have in the past, I believe that many countries will soon follow in the footsteps of our leaders as we have by the example of brave souls in now 20 countries around the world. See the map here.
It may have taken us more than 40 years of political struggle, and over 14 years delay in joining the movement (The Netherlands have had marriage equality since 2001!), but it has all been for the good of families and generations to come.
Celebrate this victory with the faces of marriage equality in the USA: land of the free
The Supreme Court came as a major surprise for everyone, but best of all the ruling came just in time for Pride Weekend. And what better place to celebrate this colossal movement than in the city where it all began? Check out some photos of the celebration at #SFPride.
Congratulations to my fellow Americans for this final victory! You've fought hard and you deserve this victory. Thank you for letting me be a part of it. #LoveWins
Watch the video below to remember the victories and struggles of LGBTQ rights in America. To read more about the Supreme court ruling, click here. If you still haven't had enough, check out this great Buzzfeed post for some inspirational quotes about marriage equality.