As many would know, the major theme that has been encompassing the fight for equal rights for LGBTQIA+ individuals has been the fight for equal marriage, the right of two people who are the same sex* to marry and to get the same benefits as a heterosexual couple. The frame of liberty has been framed as essentially little more than the freedom to marry. While the freedom to marry is all well and good, we must recognize that we are deprived of other rights as well. The right to safe housing, the right to employment and the right to medical care among others. for example, while same-sex marriage bans are being struck down throughout the United States, in many states, it is still legal to fire someone or deprive them of housing because of their sexuality or gender identity.
The fight for equality extends far beyond marriage. It lies in how queer and trans people of colour are treated by law enforcement, the murders of far too many trans people just for expressing themselves as they truly are. We must do more and we can do more. We must push this fight far beyond the confines of marriage and seek an end to the cishet-normative system that suffocates us all.