Sunday, January 1, 2012

Dear Mr. President: 2012 is the year for NOH8

Dear Mr. President,
       Today is the first day of 2012. Later this year, our country will celebrate its 236th anniversary. We've overcome a revolution, a civil war, slavery, discrimination, the Great Depression, two world wars, unemployment, and great natural disasters. And yet citizens in this country still do not have equal rights.
       Dear Mr. President. With a new year comes new beginnings. Today is a fresh start, and every single person in this country has hopes and dreams for what 2012 will be. Every year goes down in history for something. 2012 must be the year for change.
       Dear Mr. President. How ironic is it that you yourself are the epitomy of the American dream. You represent how far this country has come. We take pride in having elected a colored President, because it represents that we as Americans can overcome. And yet we have so much left to overcome.
       Dear Mr. President. There are citizens in this country who pay taxes, who work good jobs, who raise the children of the future, and yet can not get married because of who they are. We are a country that promotes discrimination if we allow this to continue. In school we always learn about the civil rights movement of the 1960's, and wonder how such discrimination could ever have happened in America. "Not in my backyard," we think. Certainly not in 2012. And yet, the discrimination continues, and will continue, but 2012 will be the year for change.
        Dear Mr. President. How wonderful a clean slate can be. On this day, January 1st, 2012, it seems that anything is possible. There is a problem in this country, and the problem is discrimination. And not just marrital discrimination. Gays are denied from giving blood, because AIDS is a "gay" disease. Gay teachers lose their jobs in many states and towns because parents are afraid. Gays and Lesbians are denied from adopting children because birth parents want their children "raised correctly." Mr. President, this is wrong.
       Dear Mr. President. I have hopes and dreams today just as everyone else does. In 2012, I want the hate to stop. I want every citizen in this country to have equal rights, no matter their sexuality. I want to be an ally and to stand up for what I believe in.
       Dear Mr. President, in 2012 I want equality.

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