A Place at the Table

With last week’s election, we in the LGBTQ Community have been afforded an opportunity like no other in our history.  We have a President who was elected for a second term that believes we and every other minority in this country deserves a place at the table.  I believe this is a defining moment for us as a community.  Any ground that we have gained over the last few decades can be eclipsed by what we can accomplish in the next four years.

President Obama has proven time and time again he is our ally…  That he is willing to stand with us and help educate an electorate that can sometimes be driven by their prejudice and fear…  An electorate, who despite the basic principles this country was founded on, tries to strip others of their rights…

Engagement should be a priority for all of us.  Whether that means volunteering for one of the thousands of LGBTQ causes, or becoming a mentor to our youth, or picking up a phone and calling your Representative or Senator when need be, or donating to LGBTQ causes, or talking to friends and family members openly about who you are, or simply signing a petition…  We have got to take advantage of this moment.  It is our responsibility to ensure that no child will ever have to endure bullying again and that no matter what, no member of the LGBTQ community will commit suicide because of the spirit crushing loneliness they feel or because of the abuse they have suffered.

We have been given a seat at the table.  What we choose to do with that seat is up to us.

Michael Foley

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Michael Foley

Michael Foley

Michael Foley currently lives in Los Angeles where he pursues his passions. Writing, psychology, spirituality and politics. He has been a fierce advocate for LGBT rights since the early 80′s, during which time he was part of New York City’s Act-Up and a volunteer at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. He has worn many hat’s over the years including nearly a decade in Corporate America where he was an Operations Manager in the Insurance Industry (please don’t hold that against him). Today he is a produced playwright and actor who continues to support and fight for LGBT equality and the healing of the LGBT Community.