It’s disheartening, really. Overwhelming at times, most definitely.

That there are people who so vehemently despise my existence that they would resort to violence. 

And I’m not talking about physical punches being thrown.

I’m talking about another sort of brutal attack that lingers beyond bruises and broken noses.

It’s that other part of the definition of violence: “an unjust or unwarranted exertion of force or powers, as against rights or acts” or “rough or immoderate vehemence, as of feeling or language.  

Unjust or unwarranted. Rough or immoderate vehemence. Against rights. 

My rights.

To love another woman. To commit myself to a woman. To pursue a family with a woman. To be able to provide basic benefits for my future wife and children. 

A violent attack on the lives and the rights of me and my lgbt family.

It hit particularly close to home last night when over 10,000 individuals signed a petition to repeal a law that allowed same-sex partner benefits to employees of the city of Chattanooga. My city. 

If our city council doesn’t vote to repeal it, then it will go to a ballot in August. 

But we will always fight for our rights. 

Our tactics will not be violent. They will be kind and loving. We will show them our humanity. We will continue to fall in love and have families and work for the full rights we have earned the same way that our heterosexual counterparts have earned them- by being human beings. 

You see, there is still hope (there will always, always be hope) that the hearts and minds of our most violent attackers will be changed. There is hope that if it goes to a vote, the city of Chattanooga will rally to support the lgbt community. That in a city with a population of over 160, 0000 people there are more than 10,000 who acknowledge this as an unjust and unwarranted exertion of force against the rights of lgbt persons. 

It’s disheartening, really. Overwhelming at times, most definitely.

But at the end of the day love really does win. 


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