This is me [left] and my beautiful sister [right]. She’s always told me, “I don’t care who you love or don’t as long as you’re happy,” and she worked tirelessly to get out the vote in both Washington and Minnesota. Her celebration of allowing everyone the right to marry the people they love have been an inspiration to me and everyone she comes in contact with, and her positivity draws everyone around her in. If the world were made up of Rebeccas, it would be a more beautiful and loving place.—Emily
Gay writer and activist Dan Savage would love to throw a huge party to thank all the heterosexual activists, voters and politicians who helped change people’s minds and win LGBT equality at the ballot box during the 2012 elections.
The only problem is that there’s no way we could fit all those straight people into a single place.
That’s why he’s created Straight Up Thanks, a Tumblr where LGBT people can share their gratitude for all the heteros fighting for queer rights.
“If you’re a queer person whose straight friends worked hard to win marriage equality—worked phone banks, knocked on doors, spoke out, gave money,” the site says, “send us a photo and a couple of sentences about what your straight friends did. Click on SUBMIT, upload a photo, and thank your straight friends publicly!”
“If you’re a straight person who worked for marriage equality…” it continues, “THANK YOU!”
We’re not sure if his latest venture will have the same traction as his “It Gets Better” video campaign, but if a few gay celebs gave their thanks, it’d certainly help.
Also, while it’s nice to that more of us can get married now, can some of our straight friends also help us find suitable boyfriends? Just sayin’.
Our straight ally is the Rev Canon Allisyn Thomas, Episcopal priest and sub-dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego. She is a tireless advocate for marriage equality both civilly here in CA, and within The Episcopal Church. This picture shows us with her on the day she blessed our civil marriage in 2011. Thank you Allisyn, for being the most awesome friend and straight ally.—S.L.
My mom, Mary Lovell, is one of the planet’s best people. She has been my biggest supporter from the day I came out to her, 20 years ago. And she has made my husband of 17 years a bonifide member of my family from day one. This year, mom took to the streets in Maryland, handing out fliers and talking to people about marriage equality. She also got on the phones for the democrats. I can’t thank her enough for providing me with a loving and life-affirming upbringing. She has expanded her love to reach out to the larger family of LGBT people. She makes the world a better place. Thanks Mom!—Shaw
These two awesome ladies are the second best thing that came out of the marriage campaign (marriages being the first, of course). Both Becky and Lauren have full-time lives and responsibilities, and yet they were with me at least twice per week talking to voters and changing the hearts and minds of one voter at a time. Their dedication was astounding, and their compassion was overwhelming. I am a better person having worked with them, and I feel honored to know that my marriage will be possible because of them.—Amanda
My mom, Dort (short for “Dorothy,” she is 80 years old) and me. Though quite conservative, even politically, she is, more importantly, what can be called an independent thinker. She voted against the anti same-sex amendment to Minnesota’s constitution, knowing how important equality is to me and my deceased sister (who lived in Seattle with her lover for many years—miss you, Mary). My mom didn’t think the amendment was fair, among other things.—Mark
These are my friends Kim, Mike, and Kristi (left to right). I am convinced that there are no better allies anywhere. They worked tirelessly to defeat the proposed anti-marriage amendment in Minnesota this election season, hosting a house party and knocking on many, many doors. I do not even live in Minnesota, but am so grateful for these three people. Mike and Kristi had a wedding in 2008, but made the decision to not legally get married in a show of solidarity with LGBT folks. I was blown away by the selflessness of their choice at the time and now I am proud to report that they have decided that, with the momentum that same-sex marriage seems to be collecting, they will be making their marriage legal soon. Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do. I love you so much. <3 —Ames
Winston-Salem, NC, just before the NC Amendment One vote.—Laurel
This is Melissa and her husband Cain. Melissa has been a very vocal supporter of marriage equality. From support for efforts to stop Amendment One here in my home state of NC, to changing hearts and minds in favor of the Vote No campaign where she lives in MN. Melissa and Cain value love and family above all. They believe every family is equal. Melissa has always followed the loving example of her parents, and her recently departed Dad would be so proud of her efforts in support of love and all familes. Thank you, Melissa and Cain, for fighting for your brother and his fiance, me and my partner, and all loving couples everywhere. I am honored to call you my friend.—Jeremy