Op/Ed: Richmond Rainbow Flag Confirmed
Yesterday, Richmond.com broke the story that a rainbow flag is now flying at the Federal Reserve building downtown. It’s a first for this city and they beat us to the punch. Check out this quote from the COO.
“We strongly support a diverse and inclusive culture at the Richmond Fed and have learned that it is important to value and embrace differences, both seen and unseen,” Sally Green said, chief operating officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
We do try to be one step ahead at GayRVA.com. For your viewing pleasure, we captured this video and mashed it with a popular Internet meme. Here’s to you Nyan Cat.
Now, let’s get this out of the way and state the obvious.
Even after that flag is taken down at the end of June, it won’t change the fact that bigotry still exists. It doesn’t change the fact that you can still lose your job if you are openly gay, lesbian, bi, or trans. It doesn’t change the fact that there are marriage laws in Virginia working against us to have the opportunity to wed who we love. And it doesn’t change the fact same-sex couples don’t have the right to adopt, have tax breaks, or anything else remotely close to a legally binding contract with their partner.
Sorry to burst that bubble.
When TV8 broadcasted cruel feedback from their Facebook page on last night’s news, none of those bigots would speak on camera. The clip and those negative Nancys did make it into the national blogosphere. At least Southerners have the courtesy to speak about you behind your back.
This really happened Richmond. I checked it out today and yes, it’s there. And life went on. Nothing exploded. People were still going to and from work. People jogged past. Cars drove by. And that rainbow flag flew.
It might not be changing laws, but it’s a symbolic gesture of acceptance not only to all of those employees at the Fed, but also for Richmond.
Those 1,000+ Facebook likes on the original Richmond.com article give a more accurate portrait of an open, affirming, and diverse city than any of those bigoted comments combined.
And for those of you that don’t associate with the pride seen much less anything rainbow, this should still mean something. If one flag can give an ounce of visibility to a very gay, but very closeted town, then by all means, wave that flag.
Kevin Clay is the editor and publisher of GAYRVA.COM. He is a Richmond native, loves the city and knows it's on the edge of greatness. Don't hold back RVA. You can follow Kevin on GAYRVA's Twitter or e-mail him at email@example.com.
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