Gay Rights March On Washington Famous Speech by Urvashi Vaid
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 Hello lesbian and gay Americans. I am proud to stand before you as a lesbian today. With hearts full of love and the abiding1 faith in justice, we have come to Washington to speak to America. We have come to speak the truth of our lives and silence the liars2. We have come to challenge the cowardly Congress to end its paralysis3 and exercise moral leadership. We have come to defend our honor and win our equality. But most of all we have come in peace and with courage to say, "America, this day marks the end from exile of the gay and lesbian people. We are banished4 no more. We wander the wilderness5 of despair no more. We are afraid no more. For on this day, with love in our hearts, we have come out, and we have come out across America to build a bridge of understanding, a bridge of progress, a bridge as solid as steel, a bridge to a land where no one suffers prejudice because of their sexual orientation6, their race, their gender7, their religion,
or their human difference."

I have been asked by the March organizers to speak in five minutes about the far right, the far right which threatens the construction of that bridge. The extreme right which has targeted everyone of you and me for extinction8. The supremacist right which seeks to redefine the very meaning of democracy. Language itself fails in this task, my friends, for to call our opponents "The Right," states a profound untruth. They are wrong - they are wrong morally, they are wrong spiritually, and they are wrong politically.

The Christian9 supremacists are wrong spiritually when they demonize us. They are wrong when they reduce the complexity10 and beauty of our spirit into a freak show. They are wrong spiritually, because, if we are the untouchables of America -- if we are the untouchables -- then we are, as Mahatma Gandhi said, children of God. And as God's children we know that the gods of our understanding, the gods of goodness and love and righteousness, march right here with us today.

The supremacists who lead the anti-gay crusade are wrong morally. They are wrong because justice is moral, and prejudice is evil; because truth is moral and the lie of the closet is the real sin; because the claim of morality is a subtle sort of subterfuge11, a stratagem12 which hides the real aim which is much more secular13. Christian supremacist leaders like Bill Bennett and Pat Robertson, Lou Sheldon and Pat Buchanan, supremacists like Phyllis Schlafley, Ralph Reid, Bill Bristol, R.J., Rushoodie -- the supremacists don't care about morality, they care about power. They care about social control. And their goal, my friends, is the reconstruction14 of American Democracy into American Theocracy15.

We who are gathered here today must prove the religious right wrong politically and we can do it. That is our challenge. You know they have made us into the communists of the nineties. And they say they have declared cultural war against us. It's war all right. It's a war about values. On one side are the values that everyone here stands for. Do you know what those values are? Traditional American values of democracy and pluralism. On the other side are those who want to turn the Christian church in government, those whose value is monotheism.

We believe in democracy, in many voices co-existing in peace, and people of all faiths living together in harmony under a common civil framework known as the United States Constitution. Our opponents believe in monotheism. One way, theirs. One god, theirs. One law, the Old Testament16. One nation supreme17, the Christian Right one. Let's name it. Democracy battles theism in Oregon, in Colorado, in Florida, in Maine, in Arizona, in Michigan, in Ohio, in Idaho, in Washington, in Montana, in every state where , my brothers and sisters, are leading the fight to oppose the Right and to defend the United States Constitution. We won the anti-gay measure in Oregon, but today 33 counties -- 33 counties and municipalities face local versions of that ordinance18 today. The fight has just begun. We lost the big fight in Colorado, but, thanks to the hard work of all the people of Colorado, the Boycott19 Colorado movement is working and we are strong. And we are going to win our freedom there eventually.

To defeat the Right politically, my friends, is our challenge when we leave this March. How can we do it? We've got to march from Washington into action at home. I challenge everyone of you, straight or gay, who can hear my voice, to join the national gay and lesbian movement. I challenge you to join NGLTF to fight the Right. We have got to match the power of the Christian supremacists, member for member, vote for vote, dollar for dollar. I challenge each of you, not just buy a T-shirt, but get involved in your movement. Get involved! Volunteer! Volunteer! Every local organization in this country needs you. Every clinic, every hotline, every youth program needs you, needs your time and your love.

And I also challenge our straight liberal allies, liberals and libertarians, independent and conservative, republican or radical20. I challenge and invite you to open your eyes and embrace us without fear. The gay rights movement is not a party. It is not lifestyle. It is not a hair style. It is not a fad21 or a fringe or a sickness. It is not about sin or salvation22. The gay rights movement is an integral part of the American promise of freedom.

We, you and I, each of us, we are the descendants of a proud tradition of people asserting our dignity. It is fitting that the Holocaust23 Museum was dedicated24 the same weekend as this March, for not only were gay people persecuted25 by the Nazi26 state, but gay people are indebted to the struggle of the Jewish people against bigotry27 and intolerance. It is fitting that the NAACP marches with us, that feminist28 leaders march with us, because we are indebted to those movements.

When all of us who believe in freedom and diversity see this gathering29, we see beauty and power. When our enemies see this gathering, they see the millennium30. Perhaps the Right is right about something. We call for the end of the world as we know it. We call for the end of racism31 and sexism and bigotry as we know it. For the end of violence and discrimination and homophobia as we know it. For the end of sexism as we know it. We stand for freedom as we have yet to know it, and we will not be denied.


1 abiding uzMzxC     
  • He had an abiding love of the English countryside.他永遠熱愛英國的鄉村。
  • He has a genuine and abiding love of the craft.他對這門手藝有著真摯持久的熱愛。
2 liars ba6a2311efe2dc9a6d844c9711cd0fff     
說謊者( liar的名詞復數 )
  • The greatest liars talk most of themselves. 最愛自吹自擂的人是最大的說謊者。
  • Honest boys despise lies and liars. 誠實的孩子鄙視謊言和說謊者。
3 paralysis pKMxY     
  • The paralysis affects his right leg and he can only walk with difficulty.他右腿癱瘓步履維艱。
  • The paralysis affects his right leg and he can only walk with difficulty.他右腿癱瘓步履維艱。
4 banished b779057f354f1ec8efd5dd1adee731df     
v.放逐,驅逐( banish的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • He was banished to Australia, where he died five years later. 他被流放到澳大利亞,五年后在那里去世。
  • He was banished to an uninhabited island for a year. 他被放逐到一個無人居住的荒島一年。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
5 wilderness SgrwS     
  • She drove the herd of cattle through the wilderness.她趕著牛群穿過荒野。
  • Education in the wilderness is not a matter of monetary means.荒涼地區的教育不是錢財問題。
6 orientation IJ4xo     
  • Children need some orientation when they go to school.小孩子上學時需要適應。
  • The traveller found his orientation with the aid of a good map.旅行者借助一幅好地圖得知自己的方向。
7 gender slSyD     
  • French differs from English in having gender for all nouns.法語不同于英語,所有的名詞都有性。
  • Women are sometimes denied opportunities solely because of their gender.婦女有時僅僅因為性別而無法獲得種種機會。
8 extinction sPwzP     
  • The plant is now in danger of extinction.這種植物現在有絕種的危險。
  • The island's way of life is doomed to extinction.這個島上的生活方式注定要消失。
9 Christian KVByl     
  • They always addressed each other by their Christian name.他們總是以教名互相稱呼。
  • His mother is a sincere Christian.他母親是個虔誠的基督教徒。
10 complexity KO9z3     
  • Only now did he understand the full complexity of the problem.直到現在他才明白這一問題的全部復雜性。
  • The complexity of the road map puzzled me.錯綜復雜的公路圖把我搞糊涂了。
11 subterfuge 4swwp     
  • European carping over the phraseology represented a mixture of hypocrisy and subterfuge.歐洲在措詞上找岔子的做法既虛偽又狡詐。
  • The Independents tried hard to swallow the wretched subterfuge.獨立黨的黨員們硬著頭皮想把這一拙劣的托詞信以為真。
12 stratagem ThlyQ     
  • Knit the brows and a stratagem comes to mind.眉頭一皺,計上心來。
  • Trade discounts may be used as a competitive stratagem to secure customer loyalty.商業折扣可以用作維護顧客忠誠度的一種競爭策略。
13 secular GZmxM     
  • We live in an increasingly secular society.我們生活在一個日益非宗教的社會。
  • Britain is a plural society in which the secular predominates.英國是個世俗主導的多元社會。
14 reconstruction 3U6xb     
  • The country faces a huge task of national reconstruction following the war.戰后,該國面臨著重建家園的艱巨任務。
  • In the period of reconstruction,technique decides everything.在重建時期,技術決定一切。
15 theocracy XprwY     
  • Shangzhou was an important period for the formation and development of theocracy.商周時期是神權政治形成與發展的重要階段。
  • The Muslim brothers look as if they will opt for civil society rather than theocracy.穆斯林兄弟看起來好像更適合文明的社會,而非神權統治。
16 testament yyEzf     
  • This is his last will and testament.這是他的遺愿和遺囑。
  • It is a testament to the power of political mythology.這說明,編造政治神話可以產生多大的威力。
17 supreme PHqzc     
  • It was the supreme moment in his life.那是他一生中最重要的時刻。
  • He handed up the indictment to the supreme court.他把起訴書送交最高法院。
18 ordinance Svty0     
  • The Ordinance of 1785 provided the first land grants for educational purposes.1785年法案為教育目的提供了第一批土地。
  • The city passed an ordinance compelling all outdoor lighting to be switched off at 9.00 PM.該市通過一條法令強令晚上九點關閉一切室外照明。
19 boycott EW3zC     
  • We put the production under a boycott.我們聯合抵制該商品。
  • The boycott lasts a year until the Victoria board permitsreturn.這個抗爭持續了一年直到維多利亞教育局妥協為止。
20 radical hA8zu     
  • The patient got a radical cure in the hospital.病人在醫院得到了根治。
  • She is radical in her demands.她的要求十分偏激。
21 fad phyzL     
  • His interest in photography is only a passing fad.他對攝影的興趣只是一時的愛好罷了。
  • A hot business opportunity is based on a long-term trend not a short-lived fad.一個熱門的商機指的是長期的趨勢而非一時的流行。
22 salvation nC2zC     
  • Salvation lay in political reform.解救辦法在于政治改革。
  • Christians hope and pray for salvation.基督教徒希望并祈禱靈魂得救。
23 holocaust dd5zE     
  • The Auschwitz concentration camp always remind the world of the holocaust.奧辛威茨集中營總是讓世人想起大屠殺。
  • Ahmadinejad is denying the holocaust because he's as brutal as Hitler was.內賈德否認大屠殺,因為他像希特勒一樣殘忍。
24 dedicated duHzy2     
  • He dedicated his life to the cause of education.他獻身于教育事業。
  • His whole energies are dedicated to improve the design.他的全部精力都放在改進這項設計上了。
25 persecuted 2daa49e8c0ac1d04bf9c3650a3d486f3     
(尤指宗教或政治信仰的)迫害(~sb. for sth.)( persecute的過去式和過去分詞 ); 煩擾,困擾或騷擾某人
  • Throughout history, people have been persecuted for their religious beliefs. 人們因宗教信仰而受迫害的情況貫穿了整個歷史。
  • Members of these sects are ruthlessly persecuted and suppressed. 這些教派的成員遭到了殘酷的迫害和鎮壓。
26 Nazi BjXyF     
  • They declare the Nazi regime overthrown and sue for peace.他們宣布納粹政權已被推翻,并出面求和。
  • Nazi closes those war criminals inside their concentration camp.納粹把那些戰犯關在他們的集中營里。
27 bigotry Ethzl     
  • She tried to dissociate herself from the bigotry in her past.她力圖使自己擺脫她以前的偏見。
  • At least we can proceed in this matter without bigotry.目前這件事咱們至少可以毫無偏見地進行下去。
28 feminist mliyh     
  • She followed the feminist movement.她支持女權運動。
  • From then on,feminist studies on literature boomed.從那時起,男女平等受教育的現象開始迅速興起。
29 gathering ChmxZ     
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他請懷特先生在集會上講話。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于為他的小說收集資料。
30 millennium x7DzO     
  • The whole world was counting down to the new millennium.全世界都在倒計時迎接新千年的到來。
  • We waited as the clock ticked away the last few seconds of the old millennium.我們靜候著時鐘滴答走過千年的最后幾秒鐘。
31 racism pSIxZ     
  • He said that racism is endemic in this country.他說種族主義在該國很普遍。
  • Racism causes political instability and violence.種族主義道致政治動蕩和暴力事件。
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