Today, as we all take the time to reflect on what we’re thankful for, there is so much that dot429 and the LGBTA community has to be grateful for this year.
It has been an incredible progression of both political and cultural leaps forward fueled by the passion, dedication, and determination of those making changes within the world of LGBT rights.
New York has joined five other states and Washington D.C. in legalizing same-sex marriage. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has been repealed. We’ve made progress concerning Prop 8 in California. Numerous rights have been instated on a state level across the country. And the numbers of supporters across the spectrum of political parties has begun to grow. The work is by no means over, but we are very grateful for the progress we realized this year.
On a cultural level, this has been an incredible year of those in the public eye choosing to step out of the closet and into the limelight to add their voice to the growing LGBT community. Actors Zachary Quinto, Sara Gilbert, Sean Maher, and Amber Heard; CNN news anchor Don Lemon and ABC’s anchor Dan Kloeffler; Musicians like superstar Ricky Martin, New Kids not the Block singer Jonathan Knight, and country star Chely Wright; Sports figures David Testo, CEO of the Phoneix Suns Rick Welts, and figure skater Johnny Weir; And voices in the trans community such as Chaz Bono and Janet Mock. These are just a few of the brave individuals who have said to the world they’re out and proud, and professional and with their openness are changing hearts and minds throughout the world.
This year has also been one of the broader community coming together to show their support in a viral way. The “It Get’s Better Campaign” and Trevor Project have soared, and new organizations have taken off including Hudson Taylor’s “Athlete Ally”, James Duke Mason’s “Trailblazer Campaign” and sites like “A Note to My Kid.” Each of these contribute to a growing global conversation which progresses our understanding of one another, embracing our similarities, and appreciating our differences on an international level.
Above all, dot429 is thankful for you – our members – who have joined us as we grow our own professional community committed to being out and open in the workplace and helping one another move onward and upward in our careers. We believe that bringing your entire self to work without fear or shame is essential to becoming the most productive and successful person you can be, and furthers LGBT equality the world over.
So, we hope you enjoy this Thanksgiving day, whether it be with family, friends, or yourself, in reflection of what you’re thankful for as we continue this journey together through another powerful year of promise and progress.