The theme of the Fourth of July parade this year was "Freedom of Speech." The diversity of parade entries and responses to those entries in this column strike me as examples of this very theme. The parade panel, the mayor's office and the Empire are to be applauded for modeling this freedom.
Freedom of speech was clearly intended by our nation's founders to include freedom for those in the minority, those oppressed by the culture at large, and those in disagreement with people in authority. As history shows us, our founders often were in such positions themselves.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and their families and friends today also find themselves in such positions. I am grateful that freedom of speech still remains open to all of us.
May "Freedom of Speech" continue to be our theme throughout the coming years, not only in Juneau but in Washington, D.C., as well. We could, if "we the people" tried anew, become a model for the world.
Marsha Buck, PFLAG