This is a historic day as the Supreme Court strikes down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 (narrowly applied to California for the latter, but it’s a start). I strongly believe this is a win for social justice and the change we want to see in the world. It’s also just 10 years to the day after the landmark Lawrence vs Texas decision that paved the way for basic protections under the law for gays and lesbians.
In this spirit of joy, I reflect on how much we as an environmental movement have to learn from the gay rights movement. It is the personal stories of millions of LGBT Americans that has captured the attention of straight allies. It’s the friend or family member bravely sharing the core of who they are in a world that has persecuted and ignored them. They’ve risked alienation and worse for being who they are. They’ve created an organized and passionate community that has tipped the balance toward equality at an accelerating rate. As sustainability advocates we can make that same personal connection outside of the green bubble to show how much commonality our core values have with the broader community, or what I call the “green curious.”
I challenge us to share our personal story openly, both the struggles and joys. When we step away from the podium of being “right,” perhaps we can reach the numbness of the mainstream and learn how much we have to gain by working together toward a more resilient future.
Have a remarkable day.
Founder and Board President
OUT for Sustainability