May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and while the issues facing the LGBTQ community are ones we should be aware of every day, this is a day for the world to come together and share stories, information and triumphs.
In the past, I've concentrated on LGBTQ youth, particularly homeless and at-risk youth. This year, I want to talk about something hopeful and joyous - the changing map of the US. Let's take a look at April of 2004 first. Note that most states specifically said at this time that same sex marriage was illegal - not just that they didn't recognize it, but that it was illegal - in 2004. Massachusetts is the lone, brave pioneer:
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