I just finished a post thanking our troops for their service, and it was a heart felt thanks. But now, I want to thank Michael Hildebrand of Memphis, TN for what he did at the City Council chambers in Memphis, TN. I watched the video clip of Mr. Hildebrand over at Towleroad (clip below), and I loved it. Having lived for so long in Washington, DC, I can say that I took for granted living my life, and simply being, irrespective of sexual orientation. But now that I am splitting my time between Washington and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, I sense that the GLBT community in Hampton Roads like shares the fears of those in Memphis (I will have to go out more to get a better sense, but between the massive military and religious right presence...).
I hope that many more folks in the GLBT community who live in cities and towns, and when the opportunity presents itself, will follow in Hildebrand's shoes. And to Mr. Hildebrand, I really hope that the Coucilwoman who proposed that anti-discrimination law for the Memphis GLBT community will push again at the next opportunity. Clearly, she will know that you have her back.