Mark Twain, lauding the effectiveness of a short communication over a long one, once joked "I didn't have the time to write you a short letter, so I wrote you a long one instead." When blogging about the important civil justice issues we cover in this blog, I've tried to bear this in mind, as well as the more oft-quoted maxim that "brevity is the soul of wit," but there are times when it is necessary to say a bit more than just a few words.
This is one of those times. I've blogged repeatedly about employment and fundamental civil rights, because that's my calling. I'm a civil rights trial lawyer. I represent victims of abuse. It's natural and sensible that these subjects would be near and dear to me professionally and personally. Yet, I'm not a gay person. I don't have anyone close to me in my life right now who is. Yet my sincere and honest support of the rights of the LGBT community (across the board and throughout the history of my practice) can't be described as purely "professional."
I guess it's because I'm a bit of a dreamer. I've mentioned before in my blogs - sometimes self-deprecatingly and sometimes in the hopes that other geeks will recognize the references - that when I was young I fell I love with Star Trek. I hoped that one day, mankind would take that path. Not just the path to the stars, and to new frontiers, but to a better world. The driving assumption of Star Trek's credibility was a united earth that had gotten past the petty problems of war, poverty, the inequality of nations, planetary resource management and social issues that attend conversations of race, ethnicity, religion and (at least impliedly) sexual orientation.