Some friends attended the HRC “Talking Q Politics” Happy Hour event the other night at East-West Lounge, West Hollywood. The guest speaker, David Codell, is Lead Counsel for the Anti-Prop 8 Lawsuit and was Co-counsel and author of the original brief arguing in favor of Marriage Equality at the CA Supreme Court. Mr. Codell is a well-respect and tireless advocate for Marriage Equality. He has been honored for his work by numerous organizations. According to my friends things became pretty lively as Mr. Codell was giving an update on the state of the case to the room. One guest became agitated by all of the “legalese” and asked for more radical action. Others chimed in…some wanting more action, others wanting to afford the speaker his chance to finish. Apparently, the organizers quickly shut down the public portion and offered that Mr. Codell would answer questions in the back room. Nearly three months after the crushing defeat of Marriage Equality there are still many who are worked up about it. There are so many ways to parlay that energy into something that creates a personal outlet and garners positive action. Many organizations have sprung up. Just this past weekend there were two opportunities for people to learn to become better activists. Even our new President asked the age old question, what are we willing to do? Well, community, what are you willing to do? Check out Equality Network’s list of organizations to see where you can be of service.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead