Building Rainbows

Equal Rights.  Two relatively small words with super powers greater than that of all Superheroes combined.  And two words that every minority someday hopes to have ownership of.  Which if you think about, is absolutely absurd.  After all, we already know we are equal in our hearts but for some strange reason we choose to wait on the bread-line of life hoping for scraps of acceptance from people who know nothing about us…  People who use religion, or politics, or economics, or skin color or gender or sexual orientation to convince us that we are less than… And we wait…  And wait…  And wait…  All the while allowing anger and resentment to build in our veins…  Asking questions like:  “Who the fu*k are “they” to withhold equal rights from anyone?  What gives one group of people the right to belittle or degrade anyone else?” 

Interesting thing about those questions we tend to ask ourselves though.  We already know the answer.  That is, if we stop bitching long enough to listen.  “WE” give them that right.  We buy into everything they sell us from birth to death.  We choose not to stand and fight because it is better to settle for the devil we know than the one we don’t.  We allow them to steal our future by making us believe we are not worthy in the present.  They (and I’m pretty sure most of you know to whom I am referring…  And if you don’t you may be one of the “they”) pit minority against minority as a distraction, making us believe there is only so much “equality” to go around and if we’re lucky “our people” will be the next big winners.  But there can be no winner until we stop buying into the lie that we are different.  The only wall between you and I is the one we build out of fear.  The one that exists because we are taught to believe there is a finite amount of acceptance in our lives and on this planet. 

 As a member of a minority, I believe it is time to tear down the wall constructed by the powers that be…  A wall put there to keep us in check…  A wall that if gone would destroy the status quo because than “they” would be the minority.  Let’s unite as one gigantic rainbow in honor and in memory of people like Martin Luther King, Harvey Milk, Cesar Chavez, Ghandi, Susan B. Anthony, Nelson Mandela and countless others and take back our power.  Let’s stop fighting each other over scraps and stand united to, once and for all, silence the ignorant by using our voices…  Voices that know now, and always have known, that we are ALL equal.

Michael Foley

About the Author

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.