“As a citizen of humanity, you have the right:
To pursue any occupation or field of study, regardless of your gender.
To be considered for any opportunity, regardless of your race.
To quality education and health care, regardless of your income.
To share the whole of life – including marriage – with the person you love, regardless of your sexuality or gender identity.
To worship freely, or not worship at all, regardless of your beliefs.
To feel safe in all of the aspects of yourself described above.
These rights are yours. Should anyone deny them to you, challenge them. Ask them not by what law or power or threat, but by what right they deny you that which they claim for themselves.”
“Do not tell me that we are all the same, do not encourage me to ignore that which makes us different. Tell me instead how we are different, show me all that which makes you uniquely yourself, such that I might celebrate you as fully as I am able, and invite you to celebrate me in turn.”
Though they are my words, those have quotes around them because my hope is that they will in fact be quoted. Not because I want my name on them, but because I want the sentiments to reach as many ears as possible.
Please, if they resonate with you, use them. Pass them along. Type them in front of a stock photo in 18pt font and share them on your Facebook timeline, your Tumblr blog, your Pinterest boards. Let me come to discover these words shared by people I don’t even know.