America- It Gets Better!

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A lesbian couple in San Diego were just voted homecoming king and queen at Patrick Henry High School.* And a throw away line at the beginning of the article here indicates they aren’t the first in the country. This is amazing. The strides we are making in this country towards equality and acceptance are wonderful.

For equality between the sexes, pay is slowly (too slowly, but that is a post for another day) equalizing. For overcoming xenophobia, and racism and for allowing children without documentation to go to college and university when they grow to that age, California’s Governor Jerry Brown has just signed the Dream Act. Secularists are managing to successfully challenge some of the government actions which discriminate against everyone not in the majority, such as public school or assembly led prayers. Heck, we are even (finally) pushing back against the moneyed interests that have most of everything in this country, and which so often try to distract us from that by pitting us against each other for bigger shares of 1%.

But we as progressives should not become complacent. Regressives continue to threaten a woman’s right to bodily autonomy. Bigots in pulpits illegally funnel money to defeat the right to gay marriage. Conservatives practically foam at the mouth about the menace to “American culture” (Meaning White Anglo Saxon Protestant culture) of Catholic Mexicans ‘flooding in’ from the south. (There is already an effort to overturn the Dream Act) The government still illegally endorses god-belief, and favors Protestant Christian beliefs over all others. We have a long way to go, and a great many people who need to learn that women/same-sex lovers/people of color/people who don’t believe exactly the same things/the poor… are still people and deserve human rights just as much as people who have traditionally had privilege and power in society.

But back to the homecoming king, Rebeca Arellano. Here is a video of her talking about her experience, and for being part of a group that many religious types see as a subversive danger to America, the ending of her speech sounds rather like an after-school-special (1:17 onward):

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