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August 28, 2013
On August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people, regardless of their race, joined together in Washington, D.C. to bring forth the March on Washington. The year 1963 was a time of segregation, violent acts, and much more. Police were on site, but this march was noted for its peacefulness and civility.
Fifty years later, we are commemorating a day—well, a time—where my birth would be illegal, having a Black mother and a White father.
Fifty years later, we are commemorating a day about justice for all, regardless of your skin color. But a battle is still left unwon.
Bayard Rustin was not given equal opportunities, not only because he was Black, but because he was openly gay. Being biracial and being able to identify with the LGBT community, I have been able to grow up reading and learning the injustices that have been done due to a person's race. I am now able to witness the injustices done to someone because they identify or are perceived to identify with the LGBT community.
We are still fighting for the rights of those whose sexual orientation and gender identity/expression is limiting them from living their lives to the fullest. It's 2013, yet there is still is change to be made. Let's make that change.
Ari Segla is a GLSEN Student Ambassador and a leader of GLSEN San Diego County.