Today is a big day for all people: blacks, Americans and all people of the world. Sunday was a huge day for LGBT people. Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay man to hold the position, delivered a prayer at Sunday’s inauguration concert. After the controversy surrounding the announcement of Dr. Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the inauguration, Robinson was added to balance the lineup. LGBT Americans erupted with disgust and chided Obama for choosing Warren to speak. It was a blow to marriage equality activists everywhere, as Warren fought for the “Yes on Prop. 8” side. 

And while our hopes were dimmed by Obama’s selection, we still hold our faith strong; we have to. All we have left is our faith in this man to help us all. Everyone who is experiencing inequality must come together and fight together; forget identity politics. Division will only tear us apart.

That is why it was so heartwarming to see George W. Bush walking out to the band playing, for the last time, “Hail to the Chief” where that chief is Bush. Just about everyone can agree that Bush leaving office is a step in the right direction. I have never been more excited to be able to say “the former president George W. Bush.”

I am watching the inauguration as I type and it is an emotional experience like no other, to witness this historic day with my peers, as well as millions across the nation. Every time people stand up to clap and cheer, I remember that while we are so different with so many different identities, we can unite around this event. We are still Americans, that is the common thread that unites us all.

“The nation cannot prosper when it favors only the prosperous.” 

 – Barack Obama

Obama receives a standing ovation when sworn into office.

Obama receives a standing ovation at University of Cincinnati when sworn into office.

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