I open by noting that the brilliant, amazing, and downright adorable Tony Stewart won the NASCAR Sprint Cup All Star race last night. AWESOME!!!! It is both his first All Star win and, more importantly, his first win as a driver/owner. I hoped he knew what he was doing when he left Gibbs to launch Stewart-Haas Racing. I should never, ever have doubted.
We will not be watching the Red Wings this afternoon. Actually, we have to get ready to leave soon. We were going to skip the New York City Rally for Marriage Equality today--the speakers sound incredibly boring to us, she doesn't care for crowds, we wanted to watch the game, we didn't want to go to Manhattan on a Sunday. (It's enough that we work in Manhattan.) But given the events involving other Russian LGBTs in Moscow yesterday, L'Ailee feels that she would be remiss if she didn't attend this rally. "Do you want to go?" she pleaded.
"Babydoll, I'll go wherever you want."
"I have to do this," she almost whispered. "I *can*, so I have to. I can do nothing for Russia, but I can do this for us." Of course.
It almost seems trivial. We probably won't get arrested or beaten up tonight. Our concerns are getting there and back, not falling asleep at the "entertainment," and getting hockey scores on our cell phones. Our response to homophobia lately has been to roll our eyes and say "Oh, iiiicccckkkk" to the likes of Miss California, not to pack up the bare necessities and go into hiding. We are supporting a politician, Governor David Paterson, who is supporting us. But I am convinced that any attempt to bring more happiness and/or freedom to one's part of the world leads to a slightly happier and freer world in general.
We got ours--we're legal. But it would have been so much better to get married in a place that we know instead of a state we'd only ever visited for the purpose of getting married. Besides, it's not just about getting ours. We'd like others to be able to have theirs, too. We're so grateful we can try.