Or, if you're too bashful to march and wave on the street you can march into the privacy of the voting booth and mark your ballot for gay and gay-friendly candidates. If you don't live in their districts there are campaign website links at the end of this article where you can get information to help candidates of your choice and find out whose district you do live in. Or Google your own state political party for contact information.
Though I write of candidates specific to Oklahoma, I think we can apply our gay pride citizenship equally to all 50 states.
After all, we gay people are everywhere. We're employed in responsible jobs, we're paying taxes, we're contributing to our country, we' re going to make a difference!
Oklahoma has never had so many openly-gay and gay-respectful candidates! Now it's up to us voters to put them in office where they can do the most good for US and the USA!
In particular, I want to emphasize the importance of Mr. Roth being returned to the Oklahoma County Commissioner's office, District 1.
Mr. Roth's campaign is not assuming an easy re-election. His campaign is working just as hard the second time, as it did the first time, striving for a 70% majority vote.
In effect, such a landslide will be like re-electing ourselves as gay people, proving to the desperate homophobes that candidates of Mr. Roth's character and significance MUST be re-elected with as strong a majority as we can muster.
Mr. Roth's re-election will prove to straight Oklahoma that we gay people are a force to deal with, that we are players at the table with chips and cards of our own to play.
Re-electing proven competent people who happen to be gay or gay-friendly is an event of lasting importance that no homophobe can dismiss as a frivolous, pleasure-seeking action with no serious consequences. We can disprove the stereotypes. Electing people who support OUR equality is a political statement about US!
At the Millennium President Clinton used the metaphor of building bridges to the 21st Century. Jim Roth's first election was our gay equality bridge. That bridge needs an extension now to the next decade.
Oklahoma has a competent, accurate voting system so take advantage of this opportunity to vote and say something positive about yourself.
Find links to some progressive Oklahoma candidates here: http://okstonewall.org/forums/index.php?topic=959.0