“No freedom til we’re equal
Damn right I support it”
We went to the Brisbane marriage equality rally on Sunday and it was absolutely inspiring to see so many of the LGBTQ+ community and our allies in their rainbow colours, supporting our rights. I’ve never been to a rally before. I totally jumped on the bandwagon with this one but I definitely have the fever now! What a great opportunity for people to peacefully speak their hearts in a public forum and be surrounded by others with the same beliefs. How anyone could see the amount of love being shared in that space and still have hatred or fear about allowing us the freedom to marry… I will never understand.
It has been weighing more heavily on my mind and heart than I have let on, even to my close family and friends. I don’t want to harp on but it is something that has been at the back of my mind constantly for the last few weeks and I feel it has been affecting a lot of aspects of my life. I don’t think I have been performing as well at work. I had an exam the other day that I am seriously concerned that I may have failed (I’ve never failed an exam, to put that one into perspective). I haven’t felt like I have been a very good friend or family member recently. I don’t even think I have been a particularly good partner.
I’m sure I am not the only one feeling this stress.
Planning a wedding under these circumstances is heartbreaking in some respects. My heart is heavy at the moment but it was made lighter by Sunday’s rally and seeing the incredible support we have for this cause. If you are feeling down about any of this bullshit, please know that you have a friend in me. To the allies of the LGBTQ+ community, please support your friends through this time, they are fighting a battle that nobody should have to fight. But most importantly, when that piece of paper arrives in your mailbox; vote YES to marriage equality.
Love always wins,