From Yesterday’s Pride Rally:
Last week someone said to me “Why do you people need a parade? Why do you have to make such a fuss?”
We have been afraid to be who God created us to be. Sometimes it was our churches that made us afraid.
We have been legislated against- made criminals in the eyes of the law that is supposed to protect us.
We have been killed and we have killed ourselves.
We have lost good men and women to HIV/AIDS.
We have been bullied and teased and yes, driven from our very homes and schools and communities- and state.
We have been hurt and maligned right here under this big sky.
Why do we need a parade?
To remind us that there are people whose bravery has driven away darkness. Whose voices refuse to give in to hopelessness or complacency or fear.
That together, we can be that voice.
A voice to proclaim the goodness of our lives and the lives of our brothers, sisters, parents, children and friends- we are here and like it or not- we are not going away.
We will not forget the lives that have lived with pain to bring us here- to this place of hope and triumph.
Today is a gorgeous day in Montana History, because the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Transgender, Intersex and Queer people of Montana- and our allies- are here to proclaim that we will not let our voice die.
We will not be afraid.
We will stand up when we are told to lie down.
We will speak when anyone tries to shame us into silence.
We will remain when we are told to leave.
We will proclaim the truth.
Firmly and gently and clearly and proudly.
The truth that we are light.
And that light makes Montana more beautiful, not less. More.
I want to hear your voice.
Are We Good?
Are We Beautiful?
Are We Going Away?
We live in hope that one day all Americans agree.
Until then- we have a parade.