Still Fighting For Freedom

BY KI THOMPSON

I was going to write a patriotic and historical blog about the 4th of July. After all it was entirely appropriate. I had intended to talk about my recent trip to Fort McHenry where I watched an airshow that included the Blue Angels and the raising of the Star Spangled Banner – all in honor of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

But upon reflection, the idea of a more traditional 4th came to mind, conjuring up thoughts of barbecues, picnics, parades, and fireworks, all in celebration of our freedom as Americans.

However, it was then I came face-to-face with the realization that in fact not all Americans are free. In fact, the vast majority of LGBT Americans residing in most of the states and towns across this country continue to be denied the right to be who they are or marry the person they love – some of the most fundamental of human rights. And although eight states and DC have passed marriage equality laws (though Maryland and Washington face referendums in November), the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriages, nor do the other states with no such protections.

So I had the idea of celebrating this 4th of July by saying thank you to your state LGBT equality organization. Thank them for the tireless (and thankless) work they do on our behalf every day to secure our most basic freedoms. Most of these organizations operate on shoestring budgets with less than 3-4 staff to cover the entire state. They receive nasty comments from right-wing fanatics and are more often than not criticized by their own communities for failing to achieve the impossible, usually with little help from these communities.

So today, when you celebrate Independence Day and how our founding fathers and mothers fought for our freedom, send your state LGBT organization an email thanking them for fighting for our freedom. It takes so little of your time and makes such a big difference to them. Better yet, how about making a donation – $4 in honor of the 4th, or $17.76 in honor of the 236th celebration – to help support the work they do? I know they’d appreciate the thanks or the donation.

If you don’t know who your state LGBT organization is, visit www.equalityfederation.org and click on the map of the state you live in.

Let’s never forget those who fought and died for our freedoms in the past, as well as those who continue to fight for us today. I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th.

20 Responses to “Still Fighting For Freedom”


  1. 1 Connie July 4, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Excellent article and ideas KI.

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  2. 3 Carol July 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Thank you KI.
    Have a wonderful Independence day.

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  3. 5 Lynette Mae July 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Great idea, KI. A great reminder of truly unsung heroes fighting for our rights.

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  4. 6 SA July 4, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Thoughtful piece, and a nice reminder. Thanks, and Happy 4th!

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  5. 7 Kathy Bundy July 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    EqualityNC recently did an AMAZING job of mobilizing and coordinating disparate groups to fight the anti-marriage amendment in North Carolina this spring. The coalition that was forged will continue, bringing together many people who long for social justice in all its many faces. Thank you for this acknowledgement and the suggestion.

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  6. 8 KI Thompson July 4, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Thanks everyone for the comments. And yes, EQNC did an amazing job – as do the other state orgs (check out their websites). Enjoy the fireworks everyone! -KI-

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  7. 9 Sheri Campbell July 4, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Thanks for the reminder. Your thoughts are most refreshing and appreciated.

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  8. 10 lynchly July 4, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Watching the fireworks in DC on TV and thinking of your blog linking our battles with our forebears. We could be fighting this fight without their example and footwork. Thanks, KI!

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  9. 11 D.Jackson Leigh July 4, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Thanks, Kim. I was feeling particularly churlish today in the midst of everybody celebrating freedom while I still don’t have the same rights as other Americans. Your blog helped me find something positive about today.

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  10. 12 Kim July 5, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    Thank yor for your comments. As one who is traveling from my home to Vermont in order to marry my partner I’m thankful for the states that have done the right thing.

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  11. 13 Devlyn Sixtyseven July 5, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Thanks for a great Blog KI.

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  12. 14 KI Thompson July 5, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Congratulations, Kim! What a great place to get married. And thanks again everyone for the comments.

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  13. 15 mary M. perry July 5, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    K.I. Thank you for your blog…You said it all…I want all of my rights…

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  14. 16 barbaraannwright July 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Thanks for all the info. I have some research to do.

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  15. 17 Mari Stroud July 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Late to the party, but this is an excellent idea, and I think I will.

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  16. 18 lynchly July 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    congratulations on your betrothal!

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