Over the last couple of days there’s been a lot of praise and thanks given. Thanks to the Lords. Thanks to the Queen. Even thanks to the Prime Minister (boke).
Now I personally think that this ‘thank you’ rhetoric is taking the wrong attitude. It is behaving like somehow the Government has done us a big favour, affording us our basic civil rights. They haven’t. For years they have been withholding those rights, now they have done the right thing. So if anyone has the details of a card store selling ‘Congratulations you’re no longer homophobes’ cards then I will be on board!
Every time I go to polling station I do not feel the need to send a quick thank you note to the government for affording me the right, as a woman, to vote. Every time I am able to open a bank account in my own name I am not over-whelmed by the urge to race towards Clintons. And let’s remember those that are left out of this bill. In particular those people who will affected by the spousal veto on gender reassignment. So let’s not fall over ourselves to thank anyone too quickly!
So yes thank you to all of the fantastic activists that have helped us make the government see sense. For those that helped us take another step in the right direction. Thanks to everyone who wrote to their MPs, that pulled amazing stunts and to all of you that had quiet conversations and one by one changed people’s minds.
But lets not thank those who quietly stood by and said nothing, did nothing, fought for nothing. Simply voting does not deserve our thanks. Let’s be proud and say this is the least we deserve.