Last night, we all had Chinese food. It was the last dinner the Freedom Riders of the 1960s ate before they embarked on their journey. My fortune cookie said, “You will be asked to lead in new ways”.
Finally, we are all on the road. This morning, all 4 routes joined in a group photo one last time. It was a very surreal moment, not only because we were upset to be leaving each other, but that we knew we were beginning something much greater than ourselves. We were officially beginning to embark on the Right To Marry Campaign. We all packed up our vans, said goodbye to the Comfort Inn, and drove to the state Capital to meet with some members of the media. Unfortunately, the South van couldn’t make it because of a scheduling conflict. After meeting with the press, we all hugged, took lots of pictures, said good luck, and went on our different routes.
The western van’s first stop is Elmira. During the 3 hour drive, many of us got calls from senators’ offices saying that the senate had been called back into session, and the meetings had to be rescheduled. Regardless of us meeting with the politicians or not, our schedule still will not change. We are so excited to finally be on the road, talking and meeting with everyday people talking about one of the most important issues of our generation. I know for me, I am extremely excited to meet the youth of New York. Growing up in today’s society is hard enough for anyone, and adding the GLBTQ factor in makes it even harder. One of the reasons I am here is because millions across our country and around the world cannot be. I look forward to sharing my stories with them, and hopefully empower lots more to stand up and be counted.