At this time of year, many of us are sending out and receiving holiday greeting cards. We share pictures with our friends and family and update them on everything that has happened in the past year. Holiday cards are often one of the only ways we keep up with people who we have lost touch with over time. From year to year, holiday cards let us watch as families grow and change. We may marvel at how grown up a child looks or how different our relatives look since we last saw them. In each case, holiday cards represent connections between people; some connections we have had our entire lives, others developed only recently.
Holiday cards are inherently personal—they are a meaningful way to share a part of your life with other people. When you are thinking about who you want to send cards to this year, consider adding your State Senator and State Representative to your list. For those who do not have lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people in their lives, it can be easy to label us as an “other.” As long as LGBT people remain only an idea to our representatives, they are unlikely to fight for us. When they receive your card, your family will become real and personal to them. When they consider legislation affecting LGBT people, they will no longer see something intangible and distant—they will see you and your family. This simple action can be extremely powerful. If we show more people what we are really like, we stand to gain many more allies.
Use your holiday card to put a face to LGBT equality. Find your representatives and their contact information.
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Posted by Walter Simons, Equality Texas Intern