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Lin Chambers
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Just unconventional me.
Just unconventional me.

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While I'm so glad to see so many people celebrating the SCOTUS ruling regarding same sex marriage, I have to heartily disagree with "love winning". While the right to marry no longer depends on the sex/gender of the parties involved, we still have more work to do.

I sincerely hope we, the GLBTQIAA et al. community, look at history and see that we need to keep going. So many people celebrated and stopped when women gained suffrage; 95 years later too many women still have trouble walking down the street without fear, harassment, or shaming, in addition to many other social restrictions to equality. So many people celebrated and stopped when black people gained equality on the books; 145 years later, innocent black people are getting gunned down and painted as thugs while their hateful assailants are protected and babied, again in addition to many other social restrictions.

We, while our story as a community is different from other groups of Americans, are no different. So many of us as kids are harassed in school based on their perceived orientation and/or gender identity or that of family members (and that schoolyard harassment is later found in workplace). Many of us find themselves homeless as teens when our families rejects us, and/or later sit in heartbreak as they turn away. They can still be rejected for housing, employment, and inclusion in social activities based on this. Heck, many of us have trouble using public bathrooms due to harassment. Too many of us are murdered, raped, our homes vandalized, in the name of hate, while those who violate us are not punished for the full extent of their crimes, if at all.

Today we were handed some of the most powerful words all Americans need to take heart: "The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity." Think of how much closer we can get to the goal of our forefathers if we assert this very statement to all citizens, in all issues, in more than what is in the law. What a beautiful America we can have!

We did not win love today. We won hope. If we can get equality in marriage, we can get equality in school, in the workplace, in housing, in healthcare, in society. We can if we as a community choose to fight for it. Yes, we have earned the right to celebrate this step, but now is not the time to claim victory. We still have work to do in the name of love. Let's keep going.
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Wishing not just the mamas, but all nurturing people a very happy Mother's Day!  Whether you are raising kids, caring for animals, assisting adults - or wanting to do any of those things - you are very needed and appreciated.  The universe can use more people like you.
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A very special message for you all today!
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For what it is worth, I did confirm that NPH did say this, and it is so very true.
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Can't take +Jeff Chambers​ anywhere.
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Thank you +Wendy's for this wonderful parenting test. Most parents would this as a device for torture against them. However, I took this as a tool to torture my children (not even two whole normal length songs, and they were giggling for what it is worth) #purposelyuglysinging
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For those in the know, Mom's surprise birthday party went off beautifully. Thanks to all those who came!
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