Not all of us can stand on the front lines, not all of us can be visibly who we truly are. But we can love. We can demonstrate love, affection, compassion, sex. We can live.

There is nothing the right, the straights, want more than to keep us, the aberrants, the perverts, the libertines, the dirty ones fighting. Because as we fight, they fight too, and they are all against us. We stand together or we die alone.

And the best way we can start standing together is to light that beacon of hope and joy and love. Because when the beacons start to light, we will push back the darkness.

Always remember, the difference between us and them, is we want everybody who is not bringing harm to anyone else, to experience whatever their joy is. That not bringing harm part is the key.

They will ask, “if you can discriminate against me for my feelings about you, why can’t I discriminate against you?” The argument falls apart for the simple reason that intolerance of intolerance is not intolerance. We are the side that wants people to have more, not less.

So take your moment. Share your love. With anybody and everybody. Because love is not only for romantic relationships. Love is for all those you share your life with, be it friendly, romantic, sexual, playful, or the simplest interactions in your daily life. […]

Be a beacon.

Go be a beacon, in whichever way you can serve best. For me it’s as an educator and conversation facilitator. For you it might be something else.

Read Frederick Douglass’s 1852 speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” while you’re at it. And substitute immigrant for slave and pass it on. Any and all education and empathy is worthwhile in this context.