By DAVID GROSSO
Change always sparks fear in hearts of many who already feel unsafe in the world and insecure in their own destiny. And throughout the history of civilization, the forces of greed have capitalized on natural fears to achieve material ends.
When these forces win, there is atrophy in the human condition.
The human spirit, however, overcomes fear in the end, producing inclusion, fellowship, productivity and civility — often slowly and with considerable pain. Such is the story of America, where victory over fear marks every chapter of our journey for nearly half of a millennium.
I say this to underscore my commitment to the cause of acceptance, equality, civil rights and human dignity in every aspect. This is fundamental to who I am and a cause from which I will never waiver.
Yes, we must legitimize marriage in every context. No, there are no negative consequences to society other than ego damage to those who see difference as a threat to their closed worldview.
Yes, we must build and protect comprehensive sexuality education for every child and youth that stands on truth and honesty. No, there is no downside to this position.
Yes, widespread and effective treatment is the best prevention — of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, mental illness, Tuberculosis and chemical dependence. No, there is no place for stigma, discrimination, or multi-level care for responses to illness and poor health.
Yes, our public servants — especially the police — must reflect every cultural facet of our community. No culture is privileged over another, and any such idea is false and defeating to all.
Yes, I specifically support the human rights of men, women and young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender to full citizenship in every respect. No, there are no negative consequences to society or the District for enriching our lives through ideals that give every person the opportunity to thrive, strengthening our communities and country.
The contest for serving the District as an At-Large Council member is an important one. I hope to win this contest.
But the contest for delivering equal rights, eliminating discrimination and promoting enlightenment is most important. And I pledge to never leave this fight.
David Grosso is an At-Large candidate for D.C. Council.