Friday, May 20, 2016

The Personal is Political

Too many of our elected representatives believe that everyone doesn't deserve the same rights. Discrimination is fine if you fit into the "other" category.

Years ago the lesbian community supported a number of small press journals, several newspapers, a record company, and independent publishers. Books and poems were written, songs composed, art created -- celebrating women.

We yearned for equality. We wanted to be able to be who we were without fear of losing a job. We wanted health insurance for ourselves and our partners. We wanted the same economic status before the government. When marriage became a legal right we attained a number of those wants. And now we watch those who desire the dismantling of our gains. We watch those who want to legislate discrimination.

I miss the plethora of lesbian poetry, womyn's music, and the knowledge that the personal was political.


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