Together we are building a better world for all

December 10, 2010 at 8:00 pm 16 comments

For an evening thread, a nice speech from Ryan on Monday, who testified on “conversion therapy” in the Prop 8 trial earlier this year. -Adam

By Ryan Kendall

Monday I was asked to speak at a rally before the Prop 8 appeal that was organized by Marrige Equality USA. It has been the honor of my life to first testify in a historic trial that is about all of us, and then to be able to speak out on behalf of others. This movement is about ending the injustice and suffering that is caused by intolerance, inequality, and anti-gay attitudes. There are many everyday heroes working to make sure that some day soon LGBT youth will grow up in a world where they are free from discrimination and free to marry the person that they love. Until then, we have more work to do, but we can all take heart that together we will reach this promised land. Together, we will help make America the place of equality and justice for all that it is supposed to be. This movement is for all of us, everywhere.

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  • 1. Rhie  |  December 10, 2010 at 8:01 pm


    • 2. StraightForEquality  |  December 10, 2010 at 8:04 pm

      Same here.

  • 3. Sagesse  |  December 10, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Speaking up and speaking out. One step at a time.

  • 4. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 10, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you so much! Love all of you here (well, except the NOMbie trolls–I just pity them for their lack of clear, reasonable thinking.)!

  • 5. Kathleen  |  December 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you, Ryan! It was such a pleasure meeting you on Monday
    – Kathleen Perrin

    • 6. Tomato  |  December 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm

      Ryan, it was a pleasure listening to you on Monday.

    • 7. Ann S.  |  December 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm

      Ryan, thank you for speaking out! I hope that your speaking will ensure that fewer people have to endure what you did.

  • 8. Up&Adam  |  December 10, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Thanking you a million times over for being one of the heroes in our long & just struggle for equality. You will always reside in our hearts, minds and souls, never to be forgotten when the history of our cause is written.

  • 9. Papa Foma  |  December 10, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    “We are called to be better angels…” Thanks for that Christlike comment!

    Hey Gang — Felyx is flying to Kevyn on Tuesday — the magic will continue for three months! A cold winter in Russia with two angels together for that brief time.

    • 10. Kathleen  |  December 10, 2010 at 9:56 pm

      Wishing the absolute best for them. I’m so excited that they get to be together!!!

    • 11. Ann S.  |  December 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm

      Hooray for Felyx and Kevyn being together!

  • 12. Ronnie  |  December 11, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Thank you Ryan Kendell…sharing this…..<3…Ronnie

  • 13. Ray in MA  |  December 11, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Ryan, you’re a hero among us.

  • 14. -Ryan K.  |  December 11, 2010 at 8:16 am

    That’s an awful lot of high praise–you’re very kind. I am no more a hero than all of you who have invested your lives and passion to work for equality. You are making a difference in the lives of real people like me.

    I’m just a guy from Colorado with a story common to too many. It is you I admire and you who I consider heroes.

    From my very soul, thank you.


    • 15. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 11, 2010 at 9:02 am

      Ryan, I understand why you do not consider yourself to be a hero. And that in itself is one of the marks of a true hero. A true hero does not consider himself to be a hero. You are, however, a hero to us because you had the courage to speak up and speak out about your experiences in the hopes of preventing anyone else from having to experience the same kind of torture. And I for one hope to get the opportunity to meet you face to face. I have cried many tears over your story. Tears of anger that you were forced to undergo that torture mingled with tears of joy that you survived, have remained a kind, loving man, and that you have shared your story. For that, you are one of my heroes, and a hero of this civil rights movement.

      • 16. Sagesse  |  December 11, 2010 at 9:17 am

        Ryan, many young people don’t have the internal strength and resilience to cope with what life throws at them. Not a weakness or a failing, just the way they are. You are a hero, or a role model, if you prefer, to show these young people, who are barely hanging on, that they can resist and win, when they can’t see it in themselves to overcome.


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