Follow the yellow brick road! Follow, follow, follow, follow
…follow the yellow brick road!
But this yellow brick road is about to be painted rainbow.
And there’s no Emerald City at the end of it — but there are characters dancing all over it.
What exactly am I talking about?
According to The Blaze, LGBTQ activists in cities across the country are calling for city officials to create ‘rainbow crosswalks’ to “honor the LGBTQ”:
“Rainbow crosswalks” are public crosswalks that have been repainted in rainbow colors, which have been adopted by the LGBTQ community as a symbol of greater acceptance and rights for LGBTQ causes and beliefs.
Activists are urging local lawmakers to create the crosswalks through the use of petitions. Currently, one of the cities targeted is Chicago. A petition is now circulating there that has garnered more than 4,000 signatures. According to the petition’s text, “Some cities, like San Francisco, have made LGBTQ people feel more at home by creating permanent rainbow crosswalks to honor the LGBTQ community. … This is one small thing that could be done to signal to one of the most marginalized communities in the country that we are here for them, we see them, and we support them.”
Washington, D.C., already installed temporary rainbow crosswalks honoring transgender persons earlier this year, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced this week the city will make its rainbow crosswalks permanent following the circulation of a petition that amassed more than 22,000 signatures.
Now, this is what I don’t understand.
These marginalized groups are crying out their marginalization.
They don’t fit in. Society won’t let them.
But they don’t want to fit in like they claim.
Instead, they make a fuss and need special recognition, special street crossings, special parades, special privileges.
If they simply wanted equal rights and all the discrimination to go away — they wouldn’t consistently bring attention back to their marginalization and their problems.
It’s just exhausting.
But let’s paint the town rainbow so marginalized people can stand out even more in their difference.
That makes sense.