You Know It Is

It's not a test nor a trick of the mind.

The sun has set on the last day of Spring in England. The clocks go forward tonight and so do we as people. As we lose an hour we gain equality.

It’s a day the younger me, raised under the spectre of Section 28, could never ask of, let alone dream about. It’s a day I fought for, alongside so many others, as we marched in the heat of the summer sun in London Pride with Stonewall last year. It’s a day that soothed the soul though tough times last July, when my heart was hurt, as we stood again outside Parliament on the day the bill was passed, where I sang alongside the London Gay’s Men Chorus, and where we gathered young and old, politicians and campaigners, united in song and the promise of better days to come.

It’s a day I thought I’d feel better about today of all days.

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From which we’ll rise over love,
Over hate,
From this iron sky,
That’s fast becoming our minds.
Over fear and into freedom.

You just got to hold on.

To all those in England & Wales who from this day & all the days forward will be able to marry the person they love regardless of whether they happen to be the same sex, my love is with you. I’m glad Scotland will join you before long & hope that my homeland of Ireland, both north & south, will somehow find a way there before too long shall pass.

To all those, in all the many places, still waiting for equality to reach them, to all those who face oppression for being who they are on a daily basis, to the transgender community & all those on every part of the spectrum who still have a long road to walk, know that you are not forgotten. The iron sky is heavy but the hands of many will hold it up and always find a way to let the light in. 

You just got to hold on. 

@JulianaFenton: Met the lovely Harry Styles at breakfast yesterday at my favorite local @AranciniBros

@JulianaFenton: Met the lovely Harry Styles at breakfast yesterday at my favorite local @AranciniBros

(Source: direct-news, via tomorrah)