PRIDE Day

June 26, 2015.

It’s been three years since the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had a legal right to marry in the United States.

On that day, like every year, I was doing my very best to wish my husband a happy birthday while he was spending the first year away from his twin.

When I heard the news about this historic advancement of human rights, I was a little surprised. I wish I could say that I had faith that this country would see past its bigotry and hatred to let love win, but I never thought it would happen.

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OPINION: A Divided Country

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In 2004, when President Bush was elected for a second term, I sat on the couch in a run-down house where I lived with 5-6 other people and watched as the country decided that more of the same was what felt safe at the time. Of course, I felt disappointment, but since I couldn’t really identify with John Kerry, I took it in stride.

During that election cycle, Barack Obama emerged on my radar and I, like many young people, found him to be everything Bush wasn’t. I knew he would be president when I heard him speak. I didn’t know when, but I knew that would happen.

In 2008, when President Obama was elected for his first term, I sat on my friend’s couch and watched as the country changed forever.  I was a twenty-something college student during Bush’s second term and was heavily influenced by the worsening economy, liberal arts environment, and on-going war. Everything that I stood for went against this president’s agenda. Then, along came Barack Obama, who was charismatic, intelligent, organized, and who spoke to my generation.

At that moment, the divisions in this country got deeper. Subsequently, in 2012 when he was elected again, they worsened. Now, is it a coincidence that his election and the worsening division happened the exact year that social media became a “thing”? Maybe.

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#NeverAgain

While flipping through the major news outlets tonight, I stumbled upon an interview on MSNBC with two students from Parkland, Florida. I was immediately struck by these two young women and the message they are sending out into the world.

#NeverAgain is a movement born in Parkland as a response to the most recent school shootings to plague the United States. The students in Parkland have been very vocal since the shooting last week and are organizing a march in Washington, D.C.

This isn’t the first that I’d heard of these students, as a matter of fact, one of these young women tweeted the President last week and I was extremely impressed with her composure. This is, however, the first that I had heard that the students were organizing. How fantastic?!

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