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Same-Sex Marriage

Fool's Gold In California

An epigram for my contribution was written by the visionary activist and internationally acclaimed poet Audre Lorde: "Unused privilege is a weapon in our enemies' hands." Lorde, you might know, was a Black, lesbian, feminist, socialist, mother of two, who lived for most of her life in an interracial union. She dealt with significant biases throughout her lifetime. Yet she recognized that she could use her privileges to transform her communities. She explained, "To use privilege requires admitting to privilege, requires moving beyond guilt and accusation into creative action" Her insight helped me to form my responses to the subject of same-sex civil marriage and the discrimination afflicting this conference hotel. I hope that her words inspire you, too, as I ask each of you to reflect on your privileges and how you will use them.

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