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Come Out and Take a Stand for Equality

It was around 10:30 pm, the night of November 4th, 2008. My roommate and I were anxiously watching the results of arguably the most important election of our lifetime. After 8 miserable years under Republican President George W. Bush, were Americans really on the verge of electing, for the first-time ever, an African-American to the highest office in the land? The tension and excitement was a bit overwhelming. I was glued to MSNBC, watching how state after state were turning a dark shade of ‘blue’ and swinging towards the liberal Democratic Presidential-candidate, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois. As the minutes ticked by and this monumental Presidential victory was within reach, there was also another ballot initiative I was watching -- a proposition that would enshrine discrimination into the California constitution. A proposition that would eliminate a Civil Right the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community including me. And although the excitement of electing Senator Obama to the Presidency was rushing through my veins, my happiness was a bit watered-down, as it appeared more and more likely this Proposition was on the brink of passage.