This is where I would like to share that, although we won a battle, the war still forges on, pardon the cliche. You see, I found out about Nation-wide marriage equality in the most unfortunate manner.
A little background first. I work in government IT contracting, currently with a Department of Defense client. In other words, one of the typical DC environments. Where I am going with this is that, no matter our LGBT presence in the area, the mainstream environment can appear rather conservative at times. Sometimes more often than not. I got a prime example of that the day I found out that love won.
As I was sitting at my desk, minding my own business, I overheard a “lady” (she isn’t all that proper to be truly deserving of the term) next door say, “Oh no… Gay marriage is now legal… I guess there are many gay people in the government.” Of course, upon an adrenaline spike, I verified the news via some media outlets and shed a few tears of happiness. In that moment, I forgot the rudeness of my coworker. Her unprofessional behavior was no match for the overwhelming joy I felt in that instant.
However, as the happiness upon seeing my Facebook newsfeed light up with similar glee to mine calmed, I felt a heaviness in my heart, caused by what I overheard and how I found out these momentous news. The fact remained that I was working side by side with a homophobe, and, as far as I knew, there were many more in close proximity. While I would like to present DC/MD/VA as a heaven for lesbians, it is also my responsibility to shed the light upon some aspects of the rude reality of the presence of homophobia in these locations.
My point is, as I said, that the war is still going on. We face hatred, ignorance and rudeness every day, no matter where we are. Let us unite and fight on!