I can blame. I can complain. I can even feel that people are insane. But right now all I feel is pain. I have voted for over 20 years. I have been disappointed by some outcomes. I have been dismayed by some results. I have never actually been hurt by them. Today, after running through every thought possible, I only feel hurt. There are still people in my own backyard (LA County) that do not believe that I deserve the same rights and responsibilities as they do. The word Marriage is still as divisive as it was when I first heard about “Gay Marriage” as a young man in Massachusetts. Back in the day when those early fighters sat down in the MA State House until they were heard. I live in West Hollywood. Part of LA County and in 2008 on the same day that this country overwhelmingly elects an African American man as its next President, we are still not equal enough to be married. We are now constitutionally banned! I remain hurt. I figured it out. I have never felt discrimination until today. I am a GWM (Gay White Male) who grew up in Newton, MA with a very supportive network of friends and family when I busted Out at 18 years of age. I have lived a very out life; had partners at family events, checked into hotels in small towns and immediately asked where the local gay bar was, proudly exclaimed who I am in job interviews, consulted to old-muckety mucks and talked about my partner, and spent more than 15 years working tirelessly for GLBT Youth. Never, ever felt discrimination until today. Discrimination hurts!
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