The November elections are only the beginning. We must continue to shovel layer upon layer of dirt onto the grave of right wing political playbooks that have hurt so many Americans.
Last year I left the Triangle Foundation in Michigan after 12 years to become the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina. It has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Ironically, I am currently the only man in the country running a chapter of NARAL. It gives me great pride to be on the front lines safeguarding women's rights. But it is still a continuation of my work for LGBT rights.
Every significant pro-gay legal decision is based on Roe v Wade. All LGBT people need to see the struggle for abortion and privacy rights as part of their struggle as sexual minorities. The intersections between the struggle for LGBT equality and reproductive freedom are obvious. Not only are our common struggles about privacy and freedom, but it has to do with control over our own bodies.
NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina was just one organization celebrating the 36th Anniversary of Roe v Wade yesterday. Just two days after the inauguration of Barack Obama, we got to celebrate again because in this country, women have some legal protections to their own self-determination.
Anti-gay and anti-choice extremists are out to get all of us. They say they are "pro-family" yet they put up roadblocks to healthy families. They rely on intimidation, threats, fear and bad science to manipulate public opinion. They don't want young people to know about their bodies or to even know that contraception is available. It is the most anti-family position you can take to force a woman into motherhood against her will. Conservatives often say they want the government to get smaller, but it seems they want it just small enough that it can fit into our bedrooms or our wombs. Well, not my womb, but you know what I mean.
Believe it or not, but one of the groups at highest risk for teen pregnancy are bisexual teens. Roe represents liberty. It represents freedom. Roe represents respect for self-determination and personal responsibility. These are the same things LGBT folks fight for.
We cannot let progressive victories on Election Day allow us to sit back and rest. We must dig harder and deeper. We must build bigger coalitions and talk to Americans about our bodies, and sexuality and about freedom and about fairness. And we must win.
Roe is about the promise of sanity in public health policy. It is about what our amazing judicial system has the power to do. But only if we are on guard 24/7 for creative tactics to unravel our Constitution.
Join me in celebrating Roe v Wade and go to ProChoiceAmerica.org and sign up as a supporter. If you are in NC then please go to ProChoiceNC.org.