Today is a very important day for marriage equality, and I find it interesting that the HRC has decided to take their ever-so-popular logo and color it red.
In the context of the events of gay history going back the last 40 years or so, the color red seems to speak to me and make a lot of sense, as it connotes quite a few distinct, yet related ideas simultaneously.
First, red is the color of love. Yes, we are fighting for equal access and recognition under the law but underneath all of that, we are fighting so hard because we love our boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives and want to provide for them and make sure that the life that we build together doesn’t come crashing down should one of us prematurely shuffle off this mortal coil.
Second, red is the color of passion and fire. We have come SO far in our struggle largely because of our resolve to never say die. Has the movement suffered setbacks? Of course! (Prop 8, anyone?) But we take the hit and we come back stronger and THAT is why we will ultimately win.
And last but definitely not least, red is the color of blood. I don’t just mean blood in the sense of family, that everyone has a son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt or cousin who’s gay. I also refer to the blood of our brothers and sisters that has been spilled over the last 40 years.
The Stonewall Riots.
The White Night Riots.
As we go forward, let us keep the memories of these brave men and women alive (as well as the countless others whose tragic deaths DIDN’T make front-page news). I am unable to be at today’s rally, but I stand in firm solidarity with my gay and allied brothers and sisters.
March on, comrades. March on.