Today in the United States, same- sex marriage became legal. All states must now allow for the marriages of same- sex couples. Now it's just called marriage. I'm crying because I don't have to fear being told at the hospital that I cannot see my partner because I'm not considered family, or not be allowed to be buried nearby him, or not be allowed to create a family. I can legally marry anywhere. And I'm overwhelmed. I'm still processing everything and it's amazing and frightening at the same time.
There is still though a lot of work to be done. Many states in the United States still allow for work and housing discrimination of LGBT+ people because we are not a protected class. In many states, killing or beating an LGBT person can still not be considered a hate crime and in a few cases could even be forgiven. And trans people still suffer the most per capita to: sexual violence, assault, and emotional abuse. My brothers, sisters, siblings (keeping it gender neutral. Let us not forget the the T in LGBT) and I can still face bigotry and have it be deemed legal in many states or hidden under the cover of religious freedom, even though technically we would not be free from that. But this is a time for celebration for now. Marriage is a big step
...but I'm going to keep fighting.