Secretary of State Hilary Clinton yesterday delivered this powerful and much needed message to our lgbt youth:
"I have a message for all the young people out there who are being bullied...hang in there, and ask for help. Your life is so important.
The story of America is the story of people coming together to tear down barriers, stand up for rights and insist on equality, not only for themselves but for all people.
Here at the State Department, I am grateful every day for the work of our LGBT employees who are serving the United States as Foreign Service Officers and Civil Servants here and around the world. It wasn't long ago that these men and women would not have been able to serve openly, but today they can because it has gotten better. And it will get better for you.
Please remember that your life is valuable and you are not alone. Many people are standing with you and sending you their thoughts, their prayers and their strengths. Count me among them. Take care of yourself."
Unfortunately some have used this speech to either voice their disagreement with President Obama's movement on DADT and DOMA or criticize Mrs. Clinton for her husband's pushing of DADT when he was president.
It's caused some arguments and frankly it's stupid. I don't care what Obama didn't do or what Bill Clinton did do. This is about our children and it says a lot that Mrs. Clinton took time out to show them some support.
It's like what one of my facebook friends said:
As a community, we suck at solidarity. Heck, we can't even thank someone without getting into an argument.
Maybe that's why it's so difficult for us to get what we need. How can we demand respect from society when we can't even give it to ourselves?
Hat tip to Michelle Schohn.