Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced recently that the National Park Service will begin installing markers at places of importance to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to mark their contributions to state and U.S. history. I am curious to see what these historical markers will look like. What icons will be used? We’ve never done this for heterosexuals. (I’m pretty sure the Interior Department doesn’t have my bedroom on its list of historic sites. And, I must say, I’m not particularly offended).
Are they going to use those brown metal roadside signs to direct us to these sites? “Historical Marker 1.2 mi. on left.” Perhaps we’ll get there and see an angled marble or granite slab depicting a blanket on the ground, a boombox and a picnic basket and stating, “At this site on May 26, 1979, Pat and Pat courageously advanced the struggle by making out to light jazz music in full view of anyone who cared to look.”
Jewell went on to state that the nation is ‘on a journey’ to expand civil rights to underrepresented groups. Like, say, conservatives?
Remember: this nations original journey, its founding journey, was to delineate and protect individual rights. It seems the more the government strives to enhance the rights of certain groups, the more it distances itself from protecting the rights of the individual.
And that is bad for all of us.
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