In the firestorm following California's Prop 8 vote to eliminate same-gender couples' rights to civil marriage by revising the state constitution to allow this particular type of discrimination, there have been enormous protests nationwide, the vast majority of them peaceful rallies and demonstrations of just how hurt and angry so many GLBTQ citizens and our supporters are about this horrible "tyranny of the majority" step California just took.
Some of the posters being held up at protests have been really great, like:
Sorry, were my Civil Rights getting in the way of your Bigotry?
(scroll down the page on this link to the amazing AfterElton websites' "Best. Gay. Week. Ever." for a photo of this protest sign in action!)
Gay is the new Black
No More Mr. Nice Gay
But I wonder if a poster with one of these great slogans, photographed in a newspaper, or on a website, or even seen in person, changes anyone's mind.
I think, maybe, a big protest (full of lots of great people and signs) makes others understand that a minority won't accept their ill-treatment. That we're standing up for our rights, just like other minorities have had to stand up for their rights in the past.
Someone recently referred to this time in history - right now, today - as being the Stonewall for this generation - "this" being 18-29 year olds. And I think there's something to that.
But what changes people's minds?
What really works, to get people who don't have a personal investment in the legality of same-gender marriage, to want Gay people to have this equal right?
What do you think?
And, if you have any other favorite slogans or posters you've seen, tell us about them in "comments!"
ps- I found the amazing protest image I used above here.