Monday, November 25, 2013

My marriage-equality protest photo runs in national magazine Tikkun

Marriage equality protestor (photo by Kittredge Cherry)

My photo of a marriage-equality protestor appears in the current issue of Tikkun, a national magazine on politics, spirituality and culture.

Tikkun’s fall 2013 issue features my photo of an elderly woman in a wheelchair wearing a rainbow scarf and a shirt that proclaims, “Marriage is a human right, not a heterosexual privilege.” She was wheeled to the protest in a wheelchair by her daughter.

My photo illustrates the article “Our Issues Entwine: LGBTQ Aging and Economic Justice” in an issue devoted to “Identity Politics, Class Politics, and Spiritual Politics: How do we build world-transforming coalitions?”

The photo originally appeared in my article “Creative signs stop hate at protests” here on the Jesus in Love Blog. It presents photos from a 2008 “stop the hate” protest in Pasadena, California where people rallied against the state's newly passed Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage.

The photo was taken was almost exactly five years ago in November 2008. A lot has changed for the better since then. In 2013 the Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality and eight US states legalized same-sex marriage, bringing the total to 16 states.

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Trudie said...

I so agree with the fact that much has changed in five years - but as we all know, this is NOT a time for complacency. Thanks for this post, and also for the link back to your 2008 blog with the "positive posters"! I'm utterly convinced that the only thing that meaningfully counteracts the stupidity of bigotry is a healthy dose of loving humor. I've noticed this in personal relationships as well; always, a gentle joke is far more effective in turning anger than nasty confrontation.

Kittredge Cherry said...

Just because we have come a long way on marriage equality is no reason to be complacent. You are so right about that, Trudie! Humor is a great tool in counteracting bigotry, but I find that just plain personal contact is what works, even when I can’t muster a witty comment. When people get to know someone who is gay, lesbian or queer, then they can no longer believe the lies and stereotypes.