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Mon Jan 21, 2013, 04:46 PM

The most important political speech of my generation [View all]

I've been reading editorials about the inauguration all day. It's what I do after each of Obama's big speeches or when something is going on in the news that grips the nation.

I couldn't have realized it at the time, but Obama, perhaps more articulately and succinctly than anyone I've ever heard, connected our tradition of progressive liberalism to the politics of our time. He talked about an active, modern liberalism suited to solve the greatest problems our country faces.

And as a gay man, words can not capture the emotion that I felt when he included Stonewall as the flash point for the modern gay rights movement. To have our national leader mention it in the same breath as Seneca Falls and Selma takes away any doubt about his commitment to freedom and equality for all people.

Not only did the speech make history today, it set the tone for how the administration is going to pursue its agenda over the next four years.

While the congress will continue to have gridlock, it won't stop the executive from going about the job of governing. Setting policies that take into account our common struggle. Leaving no question that GLBT Americans deserve their full measure of equality as our birthright.

And sentiments about the importance of the speech and how it didn't mince words dominate the coverage. America is getting to hear about Stonewall. It may pique the curiosity of schoolchildren to read more about the GLBT liberation movement. Over time, textbooks will begin to include our story.

And don't forget - today is the first day of his second term. We're just getting started. And the transformation of his political operation to Organizing for Action is being led by steady hands and will be as important, or more important, than legislation for bringing about change to our country.

I'm optimistic about the next four years. I think about my nieces and nephews and how they are the Obama generation.

We have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us, and we continue the struggle, but now with the wind behind our back.

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