Yes! I can’t think of a time that a single word had such profound impact on an entire nation.
With a single word, people wept happy tears, screamed with pure joy and embraced each other with a renewed enthusiasm for life and trust in the kindness of humans.
I have friends who have been wounded deeply by words about their life as an LGBTIQ human being. Wonder by those who didn’t want to understand them, who judged them purely for who they love and how they feel. This judgement is unfair and hurtful, but yesterday one word restored so much hope!
While everyone has the right to vote whichever way relates to their values, the vote shows that for most of us (particularly in the wonderful Nation’s Capital where 74 per cent of votes were yes!) we value love and rights for all who love.
We also understand that the word marriage comes with legal rights that de-facto alone does not give us. And we have given so many couples a right they should never have to fight for, the legal right to be recognised automatically as next of kin for the person they love.
While I still believe the vote should never have happened, owing to the money it used, the hurtful conversations it started and the want for our Parliament to just do their job, I will always remember the power that one word had on a Wednesday in Australia. Yes, yes, yes!
Image credit - The Equality Campaign
Sheena is that girl who always has a smile on her face, she loves life and the diversity within. After a lightbulb went off when she hit 30, Sheena’s ‘f*** it 30 approach to life allowed her to embrace who she is and help others to do the same, free of judgement.
Her communications business, Specialists in Communications, encourages everyone and every business to use their uniqueness as a point of difference, as a positive that helps them connect with people.
Sheena is also founder and editor of The Local Look, an e-magazine and blog showcasing Canberra business by telling the stories of the people behind the brands. Storytelling has the power to really connect with people and through it, we can encourage people and influence change for the better.