Equal Under the Sun
I remember when even the possibility of legalizing civil unions sparked national debates.
I remember learning what a hate crime was the week that Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured and left to die in Wyoming.
I remember when my girlfriend of four years left me because her parents told her that our love is sinful.
I remember when my best friend told me he was gay in a wavering voice with tears of shame in his eyes.
I remember at Christmas when my relatives asked each one of my nieces and nephews when they were getting married except me (and I was the eldest at the dinner table).
I remember the day I left home but didn’t feel homesick because it never felt like home to begin with.
I remember when I had the courage to have my first one-night stand and the guy told me he wasn’t gay but does this to ‘blow off steam.’
I remember going to my first PRIDE weekend in West Hollywood and thinking I had found heaven on Earth.
I will remember the moment I exercised my right to take my partner’s hand, go down to our neighborhood courthouse and celebrate US.
These repressed voices of my close family and friends stand loud and proud today. Let today be filled with acts of compassion and happiness to everyone in your life. This ruling is a powerful reminder that we all deserve the freedom to love and be embraced for who we are (publicly)! The Smile Project celebrates YOU.
Carpe Homo Diem!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MINI MUKHERJEE
I’m a late 20-something life explorer with a slight always-on-the-go itch. I have lived and traveled all over for the past 15 years. I live in Los Angeles and you can find me with a green tea and writing anywhere I can find a WiFi connection. Before coming to Los Angeles, I had a software company in Boston that I co-founded after working at companies such as Goldman Sachs, Nielsen, and Fiksu. I have been fortunate to see firsthand how technology transforms, connects and elevates across many different industries. My latest endeavor, The Smile Project is a collection of short stories about moments of perseverance, love and embracing who you are. From my heart to yours, enjoy!