By Randy Bryce
On October 11, 1987, 30 years ago today, hundreds of thousands of people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The anniversary of this march is now National Coming Out Day — a day to promote a safe world for LGBTQ individuals to live truthfully and openly.
If you know me, you know I’m proud to support the LGBTQ community and strive to be the best ally possible. Heck, my team and I even marched in Madison’s PRIDE parade, complete with rainbow mustaches (photo below). But sadly, there are still a lot of elected officials, like President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan, who don’t feel the same.
From Trump’s ban on transgender Veterans to Jeff Sessions’ attempt to roll back workplace protections for LGBTQ Americans and support for “conversion therapy,” a form of physical and psychological torture endorsed by the Republican Party platform — it’s more clear than ever that we need new leadership.
We have a lot of work to do to make sure our LGBTQ neighbors, friends, and family members can live their lives truthfully and openly — so add your name and stand with the LGBTQ community.
Just a few weeks ago, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations rejected a UN resolution condemning the arbitrary use of the death penalty on LGBTQ people. The Trump administration said it voted against the measure due to “broader concerns.”
The safety of all people should have outweighed whatever concerns the Trump administration had — but it didn’t. No one should ever be killed or discriminated against for just being themselves, or loving who they love. Period.
We’ve come a long way since the March on Washington, but LGBTQ people’s fundamental rights are still under constant attack. We must continue the fight until all people can live truthfully and openly, safely. Add your name now.