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Annual Ellen Birthday Letter, Year 9

To my birthday twin Ellen:

Well, this year has been… interesting. I hope 58 has been as interesting for you as 26 has been for me.

I’m in 1st place in 3 levels of Candy Crush, btw. #crushingit

#crushingit

2016 was a year of serious hopes and dreams being shattered, in so many ways. At least we could get a McGriddle all day long to soothe the pain of 2016’s wrath.

Celebrities died. Future celebrities were born. I finally got my 4 wisdom teeth removed. Voldemort was elected to run a country.

On a higher note, 2016 gave us some pretty awesome things pop culture wise. Beyoncé released Lemonade. Netflix released Stranger Things. NBC gave us This is Us.

Personally, I started my tenure year of teaching. I found out I’m going to be an aunt. I discovered the joy of wearing leggings as pants. My pitbull’s favorite toy became a stuffed piece of poo.

Leggings all day everyday, baby. #teacherdrag

Charity and her poo.

It’s been a weird year, full of ups and downs, but one thing hasn’t changed: the joy you bring into my life. When I’m feeling down, you make me want to dance. When I have a smile on my face, your show makes me smile and laugh harder. You always have my back, and, as always, it is an honor to have you as a birthday twin.

You give me, as well as so many other, hope. So, for that, thank you.

Thank you for being fabulous, Ellen, and happy birthday. I hope 59 is a great one. Who knows– maybe for our birthday next year, and for my 10th annual letter to you, we’ll be able to share a piece of cake!

Happy birthday Ellen!

And, as my student said, happy birthday to me too!

All my best,

Kailynn

Obama on Same-Sex Marriage

Okay, I have a lot of topics to catch up on (emotions! graduating college! etc!) but I find it basically obligatory for me to write about President Obama’s coming out as a supporter of gay marriage.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/president-obama-cites-winds-change-sex-marriage-shift/story?id=16315420#.T7G8Bp9Ys98

For those of you who didn’t know, I’m gay. For those of you who live under a rock, President Obama recently sat down with Robin Roberts and declared his support for same-sex marriage.

“At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” he said.

I am proud of our President. I am proud that he is (finally) standing up for what is right, but like many other skeptics of his announcement, I believe his stance on same-sex marriage means absolutely nothing unless there is actual change. People have been fighting for the right to same-sex marriage for YEARS. In 2008, the fight for same-sex marriage was really picking up. Thousands upon thousands of people across the country united in the fight against Prop 8. The NOH8 campaign was launched to show the unity and support for equality, and how nobody would be silenced by others. Rallies have spread across the country like wildfire to support gay rights, and same-sex marriage.

Me at a rally following the passing of Prop 8 in November 2008. I had mixed feelings– our country finally had a biracial President, but humans were stripped of their rights on the same night. My poster reads, “Farm animals gained more CIVIL RIGHTS on Nov. 4th than PEOPLE.”

Bottomline, the fight for gay rights (and I say gay, not lgbt, because trans individuals are really lacking in rights… don’t get me started on that!) is nothing new. What’s new is the fact that a President has the courage to say what is right, and to stand up for those who are marginalized and deprived of simple human rights on a daily basis. Unfortunately, just saying same-sex couples should be able to get married isn’t enough. Doing something about it will change the world, no doubt, but it won’t be enough until ALL individuals who fall under the LGBTQQIA spectrum have equal rights.

Now, I need to point out a few things that I’ve been thinking about regarding the President’s coming out as a supporter.

  1. “The First Gay President”


    Okay, let’s clear something up: Obama is not “The First Gay President.” He is the first open supporter of marriage equality who happens to be a president. As far as we all know, there has not been a gay president yet. (Or at least an out one!) Save that title for someone in the future… It’s inaccurate.You can read an article on it here. I really don’t feel like writing much about it. (I’ve been writing this blog while watching Glee. Expect a Glee blog in a few days!)

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/05/13/andrew-sullivan-on-barack-obama-s-gay-marriage-evolution.html

  2. Obama on The View

    I hate The View. They annoy me 9 times out of 10. Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a stupid bitch. I just don’t like the show… I prefer The Talk. however, today’s episode was funny, serious, and showed the human side of Obama. Which I loved… in particular, I liked when the ladies quizzed him on his pop culture knowledge. He’ll probably receive a lot of flack for it, but I liked it. It showed the human side of Obama.

     

  3. Robin Roberts is a sexy closet lesbian. What a perfect plug!

    Does anyone else find it *PERFECT* that Obama came out as a supporter in an interview with Robin Roberts? She’s my favorite closet lesbian, ever. It seems perfect that Robin asked Obama the question all the gays have been waiting for an answer to…Now if only she’d (finally) come out! 

I’m proud to live in a country that is (slowly) moving in the right direction of equal rights. I just hope that, with all the hoopla with gay marriage, the other letters in the lgbtqqia spectrum won’t be forgotten. After all, EVERYBODY deserves equal rights.

Oh, and for more on my thoughts on Same-Sex Marriage, check out my blog from last month on my volunteer experiences with the NOH8 Campaign.