Sara Whitman

Headed to DC

Filed By Sara Whitman | October 27, 2009 6:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: hate crimes against LGBT people, Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, signing ceremony, White House

I am honored, humbled, to have been invited to witness the President signing the Hate Crimes Bill. This is the first, the very first, piece of legislation to be signed into law that includes TRANSGENDER.

Truly honored.

My kids... well... I told them, I'm going to the white house, guys.

They look puzzled.

How long you gone for? asked Jake.

Till Thursday.

They all looked at each other and yelled, TACOS!!!


There is much still to be done. This is a significant historic step, but only a step. It benefits me if I'm dead or beaten. I want to change the way society views us, all of us, so senseless beatings, brutal attacks based on angry stereotypes end.

I don't expect it all to end. Lynchings still happen. But when they do, there is horror in the reporting, not just on the back page, crammed between sales ads.

I want more. I want an inclusive ENDA, I want an end to DADT, I want my marriage in Massachusetts recognized by the federal government.

I want life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Just as clearly, and without question, as my boys want tacos.

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Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | October 27, 2009 10:45 PM

The tacos really bring it home for me. :)

I am so happy you are going to witness this and hope you tell us about your experience.