It’s officially Groundhog Day and that meteorologist extraordinaire, Punxsutawney Phil, has predicted an early Spring! I’m thrilled and delighted that the snow and ice I’ve grown so tired of will soon be a distant memory. At least for another year.
In the world of GLBT law, things are looking up as well. This week, another state granted same-sex couples the right to enter into civil union. That would be Illinois, for those who missed it. There are ongoing court challenges to DOMA and a variety of other gay legal issues. Two of my favorite GBLT organizations (GLAD and GLSEN) won the Pepsi Refresh Challenge and will walk away with $25K and $250K grants, respectively, to fund educational initiatives that will benefit gay youth. Gay rights groups are moving full steam ahead to bring true equality to every GBLT citizen in this country and they are making huge strides.
On this Groundhog Day 2011, as we all eagerly prepare for the magical re-birth that Spring brings each year, we can take comfort in knowing that Spring is also coming in the GLBT community in the form of change. Please continue to support those organizations who work tirelessly for GLBT rights, volunteer whenever possible and be sure to thank those folks who make change happen.
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