November used to be the cruelest month for LGBT people. 32 times a majority of voters legalized discrimination, denying the rights of gay men and lesbians to marry. Every time, it was a tough blow. And then, a couple of weeks later, we would have a national day of Thanksgiving. For gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people, it was difficult to be thankful. How can you be thankful in a nation that denies your citizenship? But this year, LGBT people have a great deal to be thankful for. We can be thankful that the majority in three states voted to guarantee our right to marry. In a fourth state, a majority voted against enshrining discrimination in the state constitution. In a fifth state, a judge who upheld our right to marry kept his seat. We can be thankful that for the first time in history our President declared his support for marriage equality — and got reelected. We can be grateful for a Vice President who recognizes transgender discrimination as the civil rights issue of our time. Their support helped in all five of those initiative battles. We can be thankful that for the first time in history a major political party put a marriage equality plank into its platform. We can be thankful that the polls continue to show that a majority of Americans support marriage equality and the trendline is rising. We have passed the tipping point and we can be thankful for that. (more at link)
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