Malawi gay couple freed after presidential pardon – Yahoo! News

Good News for a change!

This story from Africa is an opportunity to reflect on what we often take for granted in America.  While we still face repression and denial of equal rights here in America, the vast majority of us are able to lead much better lives than many Gays and Lesbians living in significantly more repressed corners of the world.  We enjoy this improved situation because of the courage of hundreds of Americans who stepped out of the closet in history, and claimed the right to be true to themselves, and the freedom to love who they chose to love.   As we stand on the brink of a possible repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, which would allow Gays and Lesbians to serve proudly and openly in the military, let us not forget that thousands of our brothers and sisters elsewhere in the world still suffer under extremely cruel and inhumane treatment.

Malawi gay couple freed after presidential pardon – Yahoo! News.

For any of you who may be too young to be familiar with the history of our fight for civil rights in the United States, a good place to start would be the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in NYC.  As we enter the month of June, when hundreds of Gay Pride events will take place throughout the world, I hope that many of us will take a minute to pause from our merriment to be thankful for the early heroes of our own Civil Rights movement.

The Stonewall Inn, taken September 1969. Many describe the riots that took place here to be the beginning of the Gay Civil Rights movement in the United States.

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