equality regardless of sexual orientation encompasses much more than marriage;
it is an essential human right.
sexual orientation should not be a limiting factor for:
how welcome or safe students feel at school,
individuals desiring to adopt or have children,
couples who choose to marry,
individuals aiding a significant other who is ill.
people have a wide-open life -
birth, childhood, awkward adolescence, twenties, thirties, and beyond -
we are more than marriage and kids -
all humans are -
and we must not forget that
when we speak of the rights of LGBT+ individuals,
and the movement for equality.
marriage equality, while a wonderful milestone,
is not the beginning nor the end,
it is an open doorway with a large window helping everyone to imagine
ways that all humanity can strive toward and achieve even greater equality,
in more spheres of society, through all phases of life.
I love going on photowalks, switching my camera to macro, and kneeling down to observe and capture a bud breaking free after a winter thaw, or the delicate velvet petals of a tiny pearlescent flower in a summer field. such moments help me remember that beautiful things can sometimes sneak onto the stage of life without my notice, that I might at times have to seek them out, but the effort of finding them and observing them is worth it.
caught in the whirlwind pace of our days
let's remember to stop and pause to cherish
treasures in the world around us.