The path of life is strewn with personalities, places, events, histories and some things we like to never remember. Holding your own 'rose colored glasses' at a distance and finding a new perspective can be one of those things which changes your life or then, maybe not. I actually find it fun to look at things in a different perspective, sometimes follow the path less followed, and step back from the present in personal review.
A friend recently pointed out a sign which said "Road Unsafe When UnderWater". I guess from the general perspective it sounds ok, but are we concerned in that view with the road, or those who might cross it?
In recent years and other blog posts, I have made a point of my dislike for the phrase "Gay Rights". I have never known of an American civil right which was gendered, excluding the last ten years of right wing attempts to blatently separate and exclude gay people from certain rights. Many of those exclusions did not specifically exist before. Still I stuck with my position, there are no 'gay rights' only 'equal rights' for all. However, my position in many of those times, was specifically meant for the LGBTQ community. Not in how they phrased it, but my defense of the LGBTQ community was lacking. It did not follow the true meaning of the Civil Rights Movement of my youth. Equality for ALL! In looking at my own 'rose' glasses, I saw the reflection of someone who was discriminating in my position. Not that I was against any group of people, it was the whole focus on LGBTQ issues which narrowed my view of civil rights.
I have changed my personal objective from advancing the equality of the LGBTQ community, to a broader focus on Equal Civil Rights for All People A-Z.
Learning. Still fun at 58!