June 2008 Archives
I was reading the Times the other day when I came across an obituary that gave me pause. It seems that Alton Kelley, one of the preeminent pyschedelic rock poster artists, died at his home in Petaluma, California. He was 67 years old. Kelley was one of those guys who, back in the mid '60s, designed and hand-produced rock posters to promote bands and concerts in the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco. What a trip that must have been (pun intended).
[This editorial/art and cultural study is in recognition and celebration of Gay Pride Month (June)]
There's been a lot of talk in various circles about equality, and what constitutes that. As many of us have heard, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Equality, and the right to live and have equal access to the fundamental benefits given to all in the Constitution of the United States should be a no-brainer.
However, there has been a recent firestorm over an equal freedom, the notion of marriage, and what exactly that means. Doesn't everyone in America have an inherent right to marry the one they love? Does there have to be a set of rules, or norms, set up by a certain few, that all of us must follow in order to enjoy this right? And, if we don't, does that mean we're less of an American, or a person? It has become increasingly aware to me, sadly, that this is so.
Of course I'm speaking of Marriage Equality - for all. To some, it may not seem like such a big deal or possibly may even be a non-issue. But let me tell you, as a guy who has invested an entire life trying to fit in and sit at the table with the other class, it is a big deal.