Inauguration 2013: A Transgender Call to Action
It was with some pride that I listened to the words of President Barack Obama as he addressed the nation from the steps of the United States Capitol. He laid out a lot of the agenda for his next four years and called upon all of us to play an active part in shaping our country. In one of the more notable moments for me personally, he spoke of equality being a star that guides us, "just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall." He so deftly tied together the fight for LGBT rights with the women's rights movement and the struggle for civil rights for people of color. He then continued, saying, "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law," and adding, "If we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well." As someone who has been in a same-sex relationship for decades, this was a great moment. Yet as a transgender woman, this also is a call for action.