Indianapolis weekly INTake magazine features myself and eleven others in their cover story: Free speech: Freedom's not just another word to 12 local residents. Other folks featured in the article include Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi and talk show host and fellow blogger Abdul Hakim-Shabazz.
The mag asked me to answer the question "What does freedom mean to you?" for their Independence Day issue. I responded:
Freedom means not having to worry that I will be fired from my job or lose my housing because someone else is prejudiced. To me freedom means I cannot be denied the same public accommodations as everyone else.
It also means not having to worry that my child can be taken away from my care and I will be able to adopt if I'm a fit parent. It means that when someone commits an atrocity against a member of a minority group to intimidate others, the community labels it a hate crime and loudly condemns it. If I could serve my country honorably in the military, I would be able to protect freedom around the world. When I'm able to help fulfill my responsibilities as a citizen by giving blood to help my fellow Americans, I will truly be free.
But I don't have these freedoms . . . I'm a gay American.
In a moment of total vanity, I have to say that I absolutely hate the picture they ran with it. Worst. Picture. Ever.