I did not grow up gay and so when my friends who are tell me about how it was back in the day – how they marched, how they pushed the agenda, and how they suffered – it makes me glad that I did not have to suffer through all of that and more importantly that they paved the way to make tolerance more reality than concept. One friend still likes to shout her marching song “We’re here, We’re queer, Get over it.”
But I was reading about the mayoral race in Houston and one thing did strike me to the core – one of the candidates is a lesbian, openly, but more importantly she and her partner have two adopted children. When asked if she would promote a same sex marriage referendum she said she would not put her personal agenda over the city’s agenda.
I can’t help but wonder if just being mayor of Houston as a lesbian with two adopted children would be a nudge towards more tolerance of all issues gay – marriage, adopting, etc. Even though there are some that believe Obama being black and being president doesn’t overcome racism, I am one who believes it goes a long way to show what could be, even if it isn’t yet what should be.