I will protect you.
I am only one person, but I will protect you – and here is how I will do it.
I will use my vote to make certain I never elect a public official that will not advocate for and protect you by every means available through our legal system.
I will use my voice to speak out if someone makes a joke in my presence about any member of the LGBTQ community or someone struggling with sexuality issues.
I will use my feet to walk up to anyone who rolls an eyeball, smirks, or engages in similarly disrespectful behavior as you and your husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend are walking hand-in-hand or kissing.
I will use my faith to proclaim the same Gospel proclaimed by my church – that God loves all of His children.
I will use my love to teach younger people the stories of Harvey Milk, Matthew Shepard, and countless throngs of LGBTQ individuals. I will teach them that labels like “gender” and “sexuality” mean nothing compared to “compassionate” and “accepting of others.”
That is not much, but it is all I can do.
To honor of those of you who feel vulnerable to the world during these dark days…I will protect you. You can always count on me.