Jul 042013
 

imagesdeclaration-252x300Happy 4th July to my American Friends World Wide.

The majority of people are proud to celebrate a day in the history of the country to which they were born, and today, I wish a Happy 4th of July to my American friends south of the Canadian border.

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I have American cousins who live on Staten Island and other states.  Well, if you’re Irish, you have to have American relations! (lol).  Trish and I met new American friends this year when we wintered in Florida.  Many of them we met at campsites.  On one occasion, we were invited for “Happy Hour” and the number of lesbian sisters numbered at least sixteen.  Some of the sisters were in motorhomes and permanently on the road. They had retired from a number of professions and were living the easy life.

I look daily at the stats page of my site to see where the visitors are from.  We are, indeed, everywhere.  But, it is to the Americans today that I wish to send greetings.

When I was trying to get the site going, I wrote to a number of MCC (Metropolitan Community Churches) across the states.  I received wonderful replies and perhaps, you are still coming to the site.  Happy 4th.

Forgive me, if I do not do justice to this happy day, but here are a few facts for non-American readers.

The Fourth of July is “Independence Day,” and a federal holiday.  It commemorates the adopting of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain on July 4, 1776.  Today, my American friends will be celebrating today with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics and family reunions.  The sports lovers will watch a baseball game or play.  I used to play for Toronto’s Notso-Amazon lesbian baseball team.220px-Fireworks_over_the_East_Village_of_New_York_City

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Finally, with the successful Supreme Court decision that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8, more and more states can look forward to marriage equality.

This is truly a Happy 4th of July, 2013.   Fourteen countries world-wide have legalized same sex marriage and more will follow.  Happy, happy July 4th!   Hugs, paula

P.S.

If you live in a country where you are persecuted for being a lesbian, our love and support goes to you.  While religious fundamentalists seem to be our biggest enemy, we live in a world of media-watch and organizations that are dedicated to human rights.  I posted a picture of Ellen when she ‘came out.’  It takes courage and support to change ourselves and the world!

There will be a time (and it’s coming) when humans will be able to co-exist regardless of  race, religion, gender, culture or sexual orientation.  Until then, my sisters, be strong and be safe and know that we love you.  Do find love, it is a gift for us all.

paula.

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