Protesting for me was a feel good action. It felt good to hold my hand-made sign, shout our words and move as one group. It felt good when people would drive by and honk or wave in support. It felt good when those riding bikes would join us, thumbs up and ring their bicycle 'bells'.
The media coverage was lacking (except for FOX, they love to be there) and I'm not sure if we really did anything outside of feeling good ourselves. But if that's all we did, it was worth it. I'll continue to participate whenever I can.
I believe it will take all actions to progress. But the most important thing is the ground movement, reaching out to others, having that dialogue and being out. That is at least part of what protesting is all about. Being out and proud and showing the opposition we aren't going away, we aren't shuffling back into the closet. Plus, I'm claustrophobic so the closet was never really comfortable for me!
"Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation."
Coretta Scott King