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my speech on the steps of city hall

November 15, 2008

me n my megaphone. its love.

me n my megaphone. it's love.


I gave the opening blessing today at the Columbus protest of Prop 8 in Cali.

these are my remarks

My name is Holly and I’m queer.


Thank you for coming out in the cold rain.

 We are not here today to protest a law in a state far away. We are here today to be visible. To show our neighbors our face, to show people that finally, we will not go quietly back into the closet and accept the status of a second class citizen.

We are being discriminated against in Ohio and in California, and all across America on the basis of who we love. So let’s commit today, this moment, to love no matter what they throw at us. This is a quote by Martin Luther King Jr.

“Nonviolence is absolute commitment to the way of love. Love is not emotional bash; it is not empty sentimentalism. It is the active outpouring of one’s whole being into the being of another.”


As we make our voices heard today, we will meet those that call us evil with love. We will turn the other cheek. Because what is important is the message, that you can yell, you can discriminate, you can harm our bodies, and take away our rights but we will never go away.

We will never shut up and be ashamed of who we are.

The people who hate us don’t have a monopoly on the Divine Spirit that is within us all, so Please join me in prayer

We pray today, each one in their own way, to God as we understand Her or Him in our own hearts

We pray:

For our message to be heard,

For those who call themselves our enemies to have their minds opened

For our rights to be restored

For our loving unions to be an example of fulfillment.

For our country to be a light of hope in the world

For our closets to be empty!

And our hearts to be full of the love that changes the world.

Blessings on all of you,

Go in peace.







2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2008 6:56 am

    The U.S. government crossed a VERY serious line with PROP 8.

    This “proposition” threatened children’s sense of safety and belongingness in California. Children’s safety.

    Regardless of THIS particular fight, there are way too many fights on way too many fronts for us to conquer piecemeal. The Time is Now – DRAW A NEW LINE in the sand and demand from President Obama and our representatives FULL EQUALITY.

    Equality Is Simple When You Simply Include Everybody.

    What? Not detailed enough for the lawyers?

    OK, we can list repealing DOMA, repealing DADT, include transgender in the ENDA Bill, allow adoption of abandoned children, equality in immigration
    issues, recognize our hate crimes as such, equal family/children rights……….whew! See what I mean?

    We are EQUAL SOULS in HUMAN BODIES. Could we please STOP discriminating due to the genitalia attached? Plumbing will determine each civil right?! Any separation from the pack is ultimately due to gender (and/or gender roles & stereotyping), and that is SEXISM. I cannot marry Bob
    because I am the “wrong” gender; if I were a woman I could marry Bob. SEXISM.

    And I cannot stress ENOUGH how my own suffering from Marriage Inequality is NOT the reason for wanting or needing equality. I am not something to focus on. But my story, and the stories of countless other Americans desperately need to be addressed in this civil rights struggle. Marriage laws were put in place many years ago in order to PROTECT individuals and their FAMILIES; if they were NOT necessary they would not exist (for heterosexuals). When these laws are NOT in place for ALL OF US, horrible, horrible suffering occurs. My WEBSITE has many examples.

    So Americans want to continue denying us what they have already deemed as essential. And many people want us to WAIT…2….5……10…….20……..30 YEARS, depending on the “civil right”, for what WAS and IS our birthright.

    I personally have a HUGE problem with that. I cannot wait. I will not wait.

    Will you join me on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009, and help me inform the government that WE are eager to be included in the federal tax base as soon as THEY include us in society’s laws? My 5-year-old students could understand this concept:


    As Americans can’t we agree that there are MANY other important issues to address (like the Economy, Education, Health Care, Poverty & Homelessness, Iraq/Afghanistan…all of these are related), and solving THOSE problems is more urgent than having “Equality Issues” TIE UP THE COURTS for another 30+ years? We will NOT go away.

    You keep procreating; we keep popping out. Sorry.

    Our representatives have spent years inventing 4-letter words (DOMA, DADT) to restrict us, deny us, demoralize us, and harm our beloved families and children. Enough is enough.


    The National Equality Tax Protest
    – Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 –

  2. November 17, 2008 11:12 am

    They’ve changed the format, and I’m not sure who I’m commenting to…meant for Holly…

    Good for you! THAT is leadership, at its best!!

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