Tongue-in-cheek as these little snippets may seem, they are the reality for LGBT individuals each and every holiday season, but the bottom line is this.
- Gay men need more than a big candy cane to play with during the holidays.
- Lesbians don't always have to be the ones to engineer the tree stand or hang the lights on the house.
- "Home for the holidays" for many LGBT individuals means waking up in their own homes/apartments/condos, or even their cars because they're not welcome home for the holidays.
- Fabulous, talented and "token gays" aren't the only reason we should get a party invitation.
When the winter night sets on the holiday celebration, and the sun rises with anticipation of presents yet to be unwrapped, the greatest gift any of us can give one another is to realize that the color of our skin, the language that we speak, our status in the community, nor whom we crawl into bed with at night changes a thing. We all deserve to be treated like humans, not just during the holidays, but every day.
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