Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Let America Be America Again

Election Day in America has almost come to a close. The first polls, here on the east coast, are just now closing, and the palpable sense of history that has been in the air for months is beginning to give way to great anticipation. Tomorrow, we will have either our country's first African-American president, or female vice-president. And we will know, very soon, whether voters have taken a stand for liberty for every family, or second-class citizenship for some.

Regardless of the outcome, PFLAGers all over our country should be proud of the significant role they have played in this election, and the difference they make in the lives of so many every day.

The poet Langston Hughes once urged our nation to "let America be America again." Because of your hard work, America may be closer than we know to realizing Langston's dream.

To all of the PFLAGers who have dedicated so much time, effort and energy to get out the vote, defeat divisive ballot initiatives and educate your friends and neighbors about why this vote was so important . . . thank you. You have been the rock that all of us at PFLAG National have stood upon.

To the extraordinary PFLAG staff, board, regional directors and volunteers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to move equality forward for us all, thank you, too. You inspire me each day and give our country hope that new horizons are dawning just before us.

And to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans who have put so much hope into this election, please know that, whatever happens over the next few hours, you are equal with your fellow Americans . . . you are the reason we have and always will fight this fight so hard . . . and you will always have a home in PFLAG.

America can be America again, and because of the exceptional PFLAG family committed to support, education and advocacy, it will be soon.

Thank you,

Jody M. Huckaby

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