Yesterday was a marvelous day. Marriage for all was legalized in every state here in the U.S.A., and I couldn’t be more proud to live here. But yesterday kind of sucked for me as well. Even with the high of such a historic event I was reminded that this is only the beginning and that we still have a long way to go with how we treat people who are different.
I’ve been in a wheelchair since I was three and you may think that I should be used to discrimination by now, and that it hurts less. But the truth is it hurts more and it never really gets easy for me. I don’t want to go into detail about the situation but I will say the person was extremely nasty, degrading, and completely rude towards me. If this was just a case of a regular rude individual I wouldn’t give the situation a second thought. But the individual was clear on why I was being treated this way, and that hurt more.
My little sister was with me and I felt embarrassed and honestly just sick to my stomach , because regardless of my disability she is still my kid sister and I will always have the need to protect her. Perhaps it was my ego but I hated that she had to see that happen to me. As happy as I am about this step in the right direction , I know that we still have a long way to go.