The story of the church and LGBT rights is also my story. I first came back to church as a gay, recovering alcoholic. The church taught me that I was beautifully and wonderfully made; and that to love myself and care for myself was a form of gratitude to my Creator. Years later, after I had been with my partner for 11 years, I was married in the Episcopal church we now attend, and It was one of the most moving events of my life.
My father, who organized Mexican immigrants into voting blocs and into citizens that demanded equal pay in South Texas in the 1950s and 60s, taught me that all movements begin when someone takes a single step towards justice. Under President Obama's and Vice President Biden's leadership, our steps became louder.