Monday, January 21, 2013

Someday, This Will Not Be A Big Deal

By the time this posts, the gentleman pictured on the left will be famous. He will also underscore the growing sense that those guys with the It Gets Better Campaign are right--it does get better. It is getting better. Thank you God, it is getting better.

Richard Blanco (if you haven't already heard) is the first Cuban American, openly gay inaugural poet. My knowledge of previous inaugural poets is limited, without a little wiki-help. As I recall, an aging Robert Frost stood on the dais near Jackie and JFK, and read a poem which was not The Road Less Taken, or Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening. Maya Angelou spoke into the  microphone, very slowly, for Bill Clinton's inauguration. I remember she appeared cold, and was wearing a blue coat. And those few, shaky details exhaust my collective knowledge of inaugural poets.

Someday, Richard Blanco's presence at Barack Obama's Second Inauguration will likewise be a blurry footnote to history. The fact that he is gay will be a non-issue. Our descendants will find it primitive, perhaps even quaint, that we considered it notable.

Until then, we strategize and plan and move forward with courage, relying on bright and articulate minds along the way.

If you're interested, here is a very touching piece from Richard Blanco about growing up gay: