Last night, I voted for my loved ones and other members of the LGBT community who deserve the same rights and securities that I have. Last night, the town in which I live and work voted for discrimination.
There’s really no other way to say that, when the majority of voters chose to repeal an ordinance that was only recently put into place to protect members of the LGBT community from being fired from their jobs or evicted from their homes. It’s infuriating that in 2015, people are still so motivated by fear and, well, ignorance that they can knowingly vote against their fellow community members.
I saw several tweets and Facebook statuses that said things like “I can’t wait to get out of this town” and “This is exactly why I can’t wait to move” and “When these kinds of things happen, it makes me want to move far away.”
I get it. I feel those feels.
But, if everyone who is for equality moves, the town will never change. Change can’t happen when there’s no one here to support it.
As disheartening as it is that bigotry ultimately won, the fact that it was such a close race (51.4% – 48.6%) is encouraging. It means that voices are being heard and people are waking up. It means that negative attitudes directed toward the LGBT community are changing (albeit slowly). It means that organizations like ACLU of Missouri, Planned Parenthood Action, PROMO, One Springfield, and so many more are making a difference in our community.
So, I guess what I’m trying to say is: Dear Friends and Family in Springfield’s LGBT Community, stay strong. Change is coming, and when it arrives, we will all celebrate. But, in the meantime, you have thousands of supporters who are pulling for you and are willing to help in any way possible. ❤
PS: If you live in the Springfield, MO area, you can view a list of businesses that supported the LGBT community by voting NO on the repeal here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/No-Repeal-Business-Listing/836366719770139?fref=nf. Go, and support them!