(Photo by Molly Yanity on Jan. 21, 2017 in NYC)
I'm fortunate to live in a place where I can freely love who I want, marry that person and not be discriminated against because of it.
But, this fortune means nothing if I can't breathe the air, drink the water, live without violence and war. It means nothing if I do not have safe shelter, or can't put food on the table.
It means little if women are "less," if votes are manipulated, if journalism is overrun by propaganda, if tyrants rise.
This fortune is only here because all of the other, true American fortunes have been fought and died for, protected and valued. I take none of it for granted.
Memorial Day has nicely segued into Gay Pride Month. Yet, on the same day, the 45th president of the U.S. has withdrawn from the only global attempt to stave off global warming.
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup: Media, Fandom, and Soccer's Biggest Stage is available online from Palgrave Macmillan. (Hardback available in September 2021.)
Molly Yanity, Ph.D.