Happy mid-term election day! I was actually born on a mid-term election day 36 years ago. Family legend has it that my Dad was watching election results when I made my grand appearance. Wikipedia says that in Texas, Republican John Tower was very narrowly re-elected US Senator (49.8% compared to his opponent Bob Krueger with 49.3%) but I like to think I stole the show that evening.
The LGBT community has made great strides at the polls recently. Just two years ago Washington passed Referendum 74 making gay marriage (or as I like to call it: marriage) legal in Washington state. I don’t think civil rights should be voted on since almost by definition it is the minority who is attempting to gain rights1 but I was so incredibly proud to live in a state where a majority of people (54%) think I deserve the same rights as my straight neighbors.
In honor of my 36th birthday, I’m asking people to please consider donating $36 (or $360 (or $3600 if you’re feeling really generous)) to Lambert House. You can do so via their Network for Good page or send them a check directly to PO Box 23111, Seattle WA 98102. I have no way of tracking how much the donations add up to, so I’m not looking for a specific dollar amount. If you feel inclined, I’d enjoy knowing if you’ve donated something, anything, to this very worthy cause by commenting on this blog entry or on the Facebook post.
1 The exception to this being women’s rights. Women make up 50.8% of the US and yet we as a country are still passing stupid laws that restrict their freedoms.