Saturday, June 25, 2011

New York Makes History!

It was what we've all been waiting for, what most of us didn't think would happen, but it did! Last night the state of New York said yes to gay marriage and it couldn't have come at a better time. Thousands of LGBT people in New York City were out on full force kicking off Pride weekend, and just in case the bill was passed, they did not want to miss out on the celebration. At almost 10pm at night, my partner, a friend, and I were at Boxers Bar eagerly awaiting for the vote, thinking what an amazing thing it would be for us not to go out of our state to get married, and that we could take part of this historical moment. As we got ready to order our first round of vodka tonics in the last few minutes of open bar the DJ turns down the music and announces that all votes were on our favor, it was now legal for us to join in marriage.
A loud cheer broke out as we raised our hands and let out some emotional howls. Hearing the DJ's voice saying "it's official!" was moving and I will never forget the look of my partner's face as he got teary eyed smiling at me. My partner and I have been engaged for over a year, and the question of where we would get married always loomed over, but we had no clue as to where to go. We really wanted to marry in our city, with our close friends and family, we didn't want to go to some random, meaningless place. Now we don't have to, because after 30 days we will be able to marry in New York City. This has been a long fight, lots of people were involved in the fight for us to get this right; people such as my friend, comedian Adam Lehman, who was always emailing and texting trying to get people to call our local representatives and press them to pass this bill. To all of those people who gave up so much of their valuable time we, the LGBT community of NY THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts!

Mindrelic - Manhattan in motion from Mindrelic on Vimeo.

Empire State of Mind played a few short minutes after the announcement, the ever changing New York made history, and this is why we love where we live. We have the privilege to live in one of the most amazing cities in the world, an ever changing concrete jungle that you love and hate, but like the song says:

In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made, oh

There's nothing you can't do, now you're in New York

These streets will make you feel brand new

Big lights will inspire you, let's hear it for New York, New York, New York

If you don't feel love for NYC yet, perhaps you need to watch the amazing video above...this is my home town where I am proud to say that I have equal rights!

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